Zebra Technologies Corporation — which makes rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers — announced the results of its Future of Healthcare: 2022 Hospital Vision Study (PDF link), revealing the impact of mobile technology use in acute care hospitals. The research incorporates feedback from nursing managers, IT decision-makers, and patients; offering a unique perspective from the front-line of patient care. It also highlights the transformational power clinical mobility is expected to have on global health services within the next five years.
Seventy-two percent of surveyed decision-makers say that mobile devices are improving the quality of patient care, giving clinicians actionable intelligence at the bedside with the effect of increasing time with patients and reducing errors.
Zebra's 2022 Hospital Vision Study identified the rising adoption of clinical mobile solutions across all disciplines by 2022. Interestingly, this growth includes areas where mobility is already widely used (bedside nurses rising from 65 to 95 percent), as well as a major increase across other areas such as pharmacist and pharmacy technicians (from 42 to 96 percent), lab technicians (from 52 to 96 percent), and intensive care nurses (from 38 to 93 percent).
Surveyed nursing managers and IT decision-makers expect clinical mobility to reduce errors in areas including medication administration (61 percent) and specimen collection labeling (52 percent).
By 2022, 91 percent of nurses are expected to access EHRs, medical and drug databases (92 percent), and lab diagnostic results (88 percent) using a mobile device, reducing time that must be spent away from patients.
Nearly seven-in-ten of surveyed nurse managers credit clinical mobility with improving staff communication and collaboration as well as the quality of patient care, while 64 percent of surveyed IT decision-makers identify nurse-to-physician communications as a top area for improvement.
By 2022, 98 percent of surveyed IT decision-makers expect predictive analytics and early notification for life-threatening conditions, such as sepsis and hospital-acquired infection, will be sent to clinicians' mobile devices.
The majority of surveyed patients (77 percent) expressed positivity about clinician usage of mobile technologies to improve the quality of their care.
"The sheer number of nurses and IT managers that replied to our survey to say how much mobility has improved their work speaks to a clear trend of better mobile solutions adoption in healthcare," Chris Sullivan, Global Healthcare Practice Lead at Zebra Technologies, said in a statement. "The fact that patients themselves are encouraged and enthusiastic about mobility shows it has a growing association with receiving the best standard of treatment."
Zebra's 2022 Hospital Vision Study compiles the feedback from over 1,500 respondents across the United States, Brazil, China, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates, with a diverse range of involvement and perspectives on healthcare delivery. The surveys were conducted in 2017.