Nurses prefer smartphones over mobile computers. Is it a safe choice?

October 25, 2017

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) emerged when workers preferred the convenience of using their personal smartphones for business. Employers appreciated the cost savings, but security issues and durability have become a major concern.

In hospitals, where regulations like HIPAA require patient privacy, is a consumer smartphone a safe choice for enterprise computing?

Studies show that the smartphone presents several flaws for healthcare mobility. Still, a 2014 study by Spyglass Consulting Group showed that nurses prefer using their personal smartphones at point of care:

  • 67% of the hospitals surveyed responded that nurses are using these devices to support clinical workflow and communication.
  • 80% of nurses use the standard, unsecured, HIPAA-non-compliant bundled SMS application that’s native to their personal smartphones.
  • 52% of nurses consult a smartphone for information instead of asking a colleague; 32% use an app on their phone rather than consult a doctor.
  • Less than 1% of nurses said the use of smartphones during their shift was prohibited by the hospital.

Rugged mobile computers now have the look of a consumer smartphone, but offer the significant advantages of an enterprise-grade computer. The Zebra TC51-HC touch computer, for example, looks and feels like a smartphone, but Zebra has created this mobile device to deliver healthcare functionality and performance that no smartphone can match:

  • More rugged. Zebra built this handheld computer with medical-grade plastic housing that withstands constant disinfecting. The device’s screw holes are covered and the number of crevices and seams have been reduced to eliminate places for germs to collect. The IP65 sealing prevents damage from dirt, dust, and even sprays of water. The Gorilla Glass touch panel and imager window protect against damage. The TC51-HC can also handle 4-foot drops and countless tumbles.
  • More power for multi– Run multiple voice and data apps simultaneously—like answering an urgent call while sending a high-resolution photo of a patient’s wound and accessing an EHR. The TC51-HC offers up to eight times more data storage capacity than other enterprise-class healthcare mobile computers, and it’s the only device in this class to use hexa-core technology.
  • Better imaging. In addition to a 1.3 MP camera, this handheld’s 13 MP ultra-high-resolution rear-facing camera delivers nearly three times the resolution found in competitive devices, providing more detailed imagery.
  • Flawless scanning. Protect patient safety and maintain efficiency with lightning-fast data capture of 1D and 2D barcodes, even those that are damaged, dirty, poorly printed, or displayed on a screen.
  • Secure text messaging. Zebra’s Workforce Connect Enterprise Messaging protects privacy with more secure voice and texting applications.
  • Fast, dependable connectivity. The TC51-HC support 802.11ac and r, enabling the fastest W-Fi speed and most robust roaming.
  • Long battery life. The best-in-class PowerPrecision+ battery delivers up to 14 hours of battery life.

Nurses juggle a lot of tasks in a shift. Equip them with a rugged, efficient, and user-friendly mobile computer. Talk to Coridian about the Zebra TC51-HC.

Move your specimen collection labeling to the point of care

September 27, 2017

Nearly 161,000 adverse events occur in U.S. hospitals every year as the result of medical errors in identifying specimens; 37% of the errors occur during the collection process.

In spite of the advances of automated data collection, some areas of healthcare haven’t yet embraced barcodes and mobility. Tasks like specimen collection become more accurate and efficient when you combine the two technologies and label the specimens at the point of care.

A mobile computer or scanner and a mobile barcode label printer are high-value tools that enable bedside specimen collection. The clinician simply scans the patient wristband to check the patient ID against the requisition. Once the sample is collected, the barcode label encodes the patient’s information, specimen, collector ID, and the date and time of the draw.

By loading the right media into the thermal printer, you can produce high-quality labels that endure the high temperatures of sterilization, the freezing of cryogenics, and the exposure to the many harsh chemicals that are used in processing lab samples.

Coridian has been focusing on the technology needs and challenges of the healthcare industry for more than 20 years. We’ve partnered with Zebra because of the company’s unmatched global expertise in this area. Zebra designs and engineers purpose-built solutions for healthcare, with the print quality and ruggedness to withstand the unique conditions of this environment.

  • Weighing less than two pounds each, Zebra’s QLn Series healthcare mobile printers produce 2- and 3-inch labels with sharp clarity. They integrate seamlessly into your printer network (including remote management). Powered by Bluetooth 3.0, the QLn Series mobile printers provide a robust, reliable wireless connection, with fast data transfer rates and greater range.
  • The Zebra TC51-HC mobile computer looks like a smartphone but performs with enterprise-grade security, scanning power, connectivity, and ruggedness. This powerful touch computer is designed to stand up to continual wipes with disinfectants. The screwholes are sealed and the crevices and minimized to prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • Zebra’s CS4070-HC companion scanner can be worn on a lanyard or carried in a pocket. The omni-directional scanning enables point-and-shoot simplicity with a wide working range. Like all of Zebra’s rugged mobile devices, this barcode scanner can handle the drops and bumps that happen on a daily basis.

Prevent medical errors that result from specimen label mistakes. Contact the healthcare technology experts at Coridian to make the move to greater mobility and the accuracy it provides.

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