New York, New York (PRWEB) June 21, 2012
The Wall Street Journal reports that Winter Haven Hospital, located in Winter Haven, Florida, is incorporating smartphone technology into its daily operations. The smartphones, which are encrypted and traceable iPhones, are expected to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the healthcare facility without compromising patient, staff, or information security. Brianna Ladapo, a communications expert, believes that this new initiative shows a great deal of promise regarding the role of innovative new technology within the communications industry.
According to the previously cited report, Winter Haven Hospital is implementing the use of 500 encrypted iPhones through Amcom Mobile Connect. Amcom is a Magnet Nursing Center of Excellence that upholds the mission of improving community health in the Winter Haven area. Oftentimes, the organization utilizes technological innovation to achieve this goal—as is exemplified in its use of smartphone technology in this particular initiative.
Diana Stamey, the Manager of Desktop Resources – Information Technology at Winter Haven Hospital, is excited to see this new technology take its place in the Hospital: "Having been at Winter Haven for 38 years, I've seen a lot of changes in how we use technology to communicate and build patient relationships. We selected Amcom Mobile Connect as a key part of advancing our mobile strategy and giving our physicians the right tools to coordinate care. It supports our need for secure electronic orders as required by the Joint Commission and compliance with HIPAA and HITECH Act requirements."
The smartphones will be used to complete a list of communications and similar tasks, including calling in orders, code calls, consultation requests, and the transformation of critical information through an encrypted message. Furthermore, the iPhones create a full audit trail and are able to protect the information that passes through them. Additionally, the iPhones can communicate with other mobile devices besides phones, including pagers and voice badges. If necessary, the IT department can remove messages remotely, such as in the case of a lost or stolen phone.
"This progressive, inspired use of modern smartphone technology in a healthcare environment—which calls to mind a historically murky tradition of misplaced medical documentation, overcrowded patient waiting rooms, and overwhelmed staff members—is brilliant," commented Brianna Ladapo. "Not only will this move toward better technology help streamline patient care, record keeping, and physician communication, but the devices' reinforced, HIPAA-compliant management resources will keep confidential information--and ultimately, both doctors and patients--more secure."
Brianna Ladapo is a communications professional who has accumulated a great deal of experience in marketing tactics. Through her work, Brianna Ladapo has contributed to the success of numerous communications initiatives, including those that incorporate new technology into evolving strategies.
Brianna Ladapo is also a Nia instructor who leads a vegan lifestyle. Through her classes, she teaches others about healthy living to help them improve their minds and bodies. She has also published numerous articles on Livestrong.com, NationalGeographic.com, and other online publications.