Jeff Rowe, Editor, Future Care

Jeff Rowe is the editor of Future Care and a veteran healthcare journalist and blogger who has reported extensively on initiatives to improve the healthcare system at the local, regional and national level.

Report: nurses need to get mobile

April 1, 2014 AT 2:50 PM

Doctors may increasingly be making good use of mobile technology in their practices, but a new report argues that the time has come for healthcare organizations to make the investment necessary to get nurses mobile, too. 

According to survey findings released by Spyglass Consulting, "42 percent of hospitals still rely on pagers, overhead paging systems or landline phones for their nurses, even though 67 percent have nurses who are already using their own smartphones to support clinical communications and workflow." In other words, "while doctors are gaining access to and adopting mHealth solutions, nurses are left to deal with legacy systems and are filling the gaps with their own smartphones."

According to Spyglass' founder, "Nurses are looked upon as the single largest line item on the balance sheet, while doctors are considered the revenue-generators and the face of the healthcare institution." The good news, however, is that more than 50 percent of the hospitals surveyed are reportedly evaluating enterprise-class nursing smartphone solutions, many of which would integrate with the hospital's PBX, clinical information systems, devices and nurse call systems.