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At T-Pro, we have always focused on providing clinicians access to the data they need, where they need it, at the point of care. Our custom mobile health apps and workflows software are saving clinicians the world over hours every week allowing them to operate top of license, focusing on patient care and not burdensome admin.
Following a focus on technology in the early 2000s, which sometimes prioritised the quality of data captured over the ease of capturing it, more recent developments have increasingly spotlighted usability. This challenge of providing technology that enables clinicians to interact with the EMR is one that we are passionate about. T-Pro has always been focused on user experience, and mobility (mHealth) has always been at the forefront.
What is mHealth and why is it important:
mHealth encompasses any mobile applications that support medical treatment and public health practices through smartphone devices, patient monitoring gadgets, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other types of wireless network devices.
mHealth apps are now playing and delivering practical benefits to prevent, cure and manage diseases. As well as reducing burnout and other problems associated with overworked clinicians and support staff. In this respect, health tracking apps can really play a vital role. As per a recent survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO) around 93% of medical facilities consider mHealth apps to play a crucial role in the betterment of healthcare.
How mobility can enable paperless/paper light transfer of care:
Thanks to mHealth apps many medical documents including transfer of care documents, discharge summaries, clinic letters, prescriptions, and other documents can be created reviewed and approved on a mobile device.
This allows clinicians to efficiently fulfill their documentation requirements in any care setting, without the need to log into a terminal, handwrite notes or undertake any out-of-hours noting or documentation. By providing them access to data at the point of care, companies like T-Pro are removing the inefficiencies associated with the digitalisation of records and EMR adoption. This not only saves clinicians time and reduces burnout, but also creates more efficient timely pathways for electronic transfer of care. Which ultimately improves the patient experience.
The difference between mHealth and Telehealth:
The difference between mHealth and telehealth, then, is that telehealth refers to all instances of healthcare delivery via the use of modern technology (virtual consultations, remote monitoring, etc.) Whereas mHealth relates to the use of mobile technology specifically as it relates to access to data.
Think of mHealth, then, as user-directed health technology that falls into the categories of productivity software. It may help to think of it as something akin to MS Office or Email, whereas telehealth is more accurately defined as clinician-directed remote patient service delivery technology.
T-Pro offers a mobile-first digital dictation and speech recognition solution that provides full flexibility interoperability with any EMR or Health Information System. Our solution offers the ability to design and develop your own workflows, that layer around your EMR to provide accessibility for users across a variety of care settings. Clinicians view patient schedules/history, conduct noting, or create clinical correspondence, all on the go.
By speech enabling the EMR, T-Pro has delivered huge efficiencies and cost-saving. Adoption and clinician satisfaction has been shown to significantly increase. By focusing on usability, T-Pro increases the quantity and quality of data captured, ultimately leading to a more complete picture of the patient journey.
mHealth solutions can yield positive outcomes for both patients and clinicians. Key benefits include:
Fingertip access to data such as patient profiles, history, medications, etc.
Ability to create and sign documents on the go.
Improve timeliness of transfer of care.
Generate significant cost savings and reduce administrative burden.
Allow clinicians to focus on patient care.
Greater clinician satisfaction.
Improved EMR adoption.
Reduction in human error through electronic record-keeping and real-time data collection.
Reducing reliance on pen and paper.
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