SDW news brief: Healthcare messaging app lets nurses multitask

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 2, 2012

A new healthcare messaging app allows nurses and hospital staff members to communicate through secure text messages, send call alerts, and receive notifications on patient conditions through their phones and mobile devices while they are on the move. The idea for the app came from nurses who reported spending less time with patients because of the need to return to the nurses station for call alerts.

Technology such as this enables nurses to manage multiple tasks from anywhere in the hospital without taking more time away from patients. Nurses are able to collaborate with physicians and other practitioners to communicate quickly and collect data from various hospital departments. Devices can be secured to conform to HIPAA guidelines, and health IT professionals can remotely wipe data from lost or stolen devices.


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