The healthcare industry has heavily benefited from technology, helping caregivers and healthcare professionals an opportunity to elevate their services, improving patient care, optimizing diagnosis and treatments. With the intervention of mobile technology, the healthcare offerings are further augmented- the healthcare professionals no longer need to be dependent on bulky, complex computer-based systems and the frontline healthcare workers can also have access to health data and resources out in the field.
In this article, let us discuss how Android tablet kiosks can be used in healthcare:
1. Simplified check-in at the healthcare facility
Whenever patients walk into a healthcare facility- be it a clinic or a hospital, they have to submit a detailed entry form for their reason for visit, previous health history and other details. Without technology, this record entering and record-keeping is done manually by a frontline worker and patients also have to carry the designated documents, files and appointment details for each visit.
With Android tablet kiosks for healthcare, this cumbersome process can be replaced with digital technology, patients can self-check-in their information and if the system records are digitized, the entire patient information can be retrieved without having to carry patient history files and reports. The Android tablet kiosks can be locked down to a single mHealth app dedicated to check-in and EHR retrieval. These kiosks can also be used as mPOS for billing and check-out.
2. Patient monitoring with Bed-side Android tablet kiosks
When the healthcare providers and physicians conduct daily rounds visiting the patients undergoing treatment, they rely on paper-based files and treatment records. For a patient undergoing multiple treatments as well as treatments for extended periods for chronic ailments, this means piles of diagnostic reports- XRays, MRIs, medications along with treatment history.
With Android tablet kiosks, the patient information can be displayed on a digital signage kiosk next to the patient bed. The physicians can access the patient information quickly, glancing through various reports with ease helping in providing rapid and accurate patient care.
3. Android tablets as Remote monitoring and telehealth kiosks
The importance of ‘remote-anything’ is highlighted more than ever by pandemics that push the world into an era of lockdowns and social distancing. In such situations, maximum care has to be taken to ensure that the healthcare systems are not overburdened in one area while also ensuring that high-risk individuals who need medical care for other reasons are not exposed to contamination and infections from healthcare facilities.
With Android tablet kiosks, healthcare providers can leverage telehealth by extending over the air consultation for pregnant women, seniors or patients with common ailments without having them visit in person. Furthermore, when the healthcare systems from one geographical area are burdened with a situation like a pandemic, healthcare providers from other areas can help out with general queries as mentioned above over the air. Remote monitoring can also be done by the physicians on their personal Android tablets enabling them to ‘work from anywhere’.
The frontline healthcare workers are the ones who conduct patient care and diagnosis out in the field. Having access to up-to-date patient data, healthcare resources and the ability to quickly connect to the healthcare facility base is critical for the frontline healthcare services.
Android tablet kiosks for healthcare that are locked down into multi-app kiosk mode can help in enabling the frontline healthcare workers to access everything they need to extend elevated patient care on the field.
5. Enabling senior care homes with Android tablet kiosks
Senior care homes and assisted living facilities also come under the healthcare ecosystem. Globally, such facilities are seeing a huge rise along with hospice care centers for terminally ill patients or patients suffering from chronic diseases. Android tablet kiosks can be installed or offered to each patient/senior in such facilities enabling physicians to have quick access to their EHR while enabling the patients to reach out for medical advice quickly, over the air.
These Android tablet kiosks can also double up as devices used for entertainment and communication by the said individuals.
Android tablets as healthcare kiosks are widely recognized thanks to the low total cost of ownership, ease of use and versatility of hardware. But without the help of an Android Kiosk Mode solution, these Android healthcare kiosks are prone to security vulnerabilities exposing critical patient data, can cause distractions to healthcare workers and make their management and provisioning difficult for healthcare facilities.
Using Scalefusion, the healthcare industry can leverage Android technology for healthcare without worrying about the security and usage of the devices.
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Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.
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