Using iPads in Hospitals? Mobile Rhino Shares the Pros and Cons

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Mobile device insurance program discusses benefits, shortcomings of mobile device use in healthcare settings.

Over 30% of physicians are currently using mobile devices on the job for everything from communicating with patients to accessing Electronic Medical Records. With the increasing adoption of mobile technology into the healthcare setting, Mobile Rhino, the first mobile device insurance program available for healthcare organizations through licensed insurance agents, has developed a list of pros and cons for healthcare organizations looking to implement iPads into their practices.

“The healthcare industry holds a lot of contention about the presence of iPads in hospitals and private practices. Physicians and healthcare administrators recognize that the devices provide convenient and streamlined communication, mobile access to patient information, and continuously innovative treatment capabilities,” said Dwight Stuckey, creator of Mobile Rhino.

“However, putting mobile devices in a healthcare setting does present privacy and HIPAA compliance concerns, which is a huge deterring factor for healthcare organizations. That’s why Mobile Rhino put together a pros and cons list to shed light on both the positive and negative impacts of iPads in healthcare.”

Pros:

  • Compatibility: App developers tend to start with iOS before creating an Android version, which means that innovative apps and tools for physicians, including Electronic Medical Record applications, might be more readily available for iPad users than for other tablets.
  • Affordability: An iPad or an iPad mini, despite costing a few hundred dollars, is still cheaper than tablets made for the healthcare industry. For example, the Panasonic Toughbook H2 has a starting price of about $3,449 whereas the newest iPad retails for about $500-$600.
  • Adaptability: Apple products are created with easy adoption in mind. Doctors who aren’t as familiar with iOS devices can adapt easily to the operating system with its intuitive, universal design.
  • Increased Communications: Doctors, nurses, and other health professionals can contact each other quickly and securely via medical apps that are designed specifically for secure texting.
  • Accessibility: Medical apps provide quick databases of knowledge to recall specific facts on the go.
  • Compact: The iPad mini is small enough to fit in a pocket and all iPads reduce the weight and space of a laptop or clunkier tablet. This will decrease the weight of equipment and charts that a doctor might have to carry around all day.

Cons:

  • Fragile: Durability issues surrounding the iPad make healthcare organizations question the investment. Although not a native quality, several protective cases specially made to increase the iPads ruggedness may help to overcome this objection.
  • Limited Multi-Tasking: For doctors and nurses moving at lightening speeds, flipping between applications on a mobile device can take additional time. The recent updates on the iPad do enable for special finger swipes that allow users to go back and forth between screens, which may help.
  • Battery Life: The iPad has a battery life that should last for the majority of medical employees shifts; however, if iPads are being shared among employees, there may not be enough time in between handoffs to power up the iPad for a few hours. iPads take an average of 5 hours to fully charge.
  • Disease Carrier: The iPad was not designed to be easily disinfected or washed considering it is not waterproof. This presents a potential hygiene problem for healthcare organizations.

One of the greatest cons for using iPads in the hospital is the risk of losing the devices and compromising confidential patient information. To combat this concern, Mobile Rhino provides breach remediation that will protect hospitals and their patients’ information through personal privacy monitoring, ID theft protection, and other remediation services. For hospitals and private practices using Mobile Rhino, the program delivers a first response resource for providing compliance approved notification letters, response consulting, and breach victim remediation action plans.

About Mobile Rhino
Mobile Rhino, headquartered in Lake St. Louis, Missouri, is a mobile device insurance product offering the most complete protection on the market at the best value. Mobile Rhino provides full 6-Point Protection against loss, theft, mechanical malfunctions, electrical malfunctions and accidental damage, and offers digital life protection. Mobile Rhino is sold and managed through a downloadable mobile app and is the first mobile device insurance product available for sale through licensed insurance agents. Mobile Rhino is underwritten by Chartis/AIG and Sedgwick serves as its third-party claims administrator. Mobile Rhino operates out of Stuckey & Company, a specialty insurance provider based in Lake St. Louis. For more information, visit http://www.mobile-rhino.com.

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