Tablet Use on the Rise in Home Healthcare
April 24, 2014 04:24 PM
A recent article published in iHealthBeat reports that the use of tablet computers – such as the iPad, Galaxy, and Kindle – is on the rise in home healthcare. The increased use of tables is leading to increased care coordination while reducing costs.
According to the article:
“The tablets allowed caregivers to access real-time, read-only data on patient hospitalizations, office visits and lab results from the system's Epic electronic health record software…
Once the tablets were rolled out, caregivers could complete documentation on patient visits in about 24 hours, compared with three days prior to the tablets….
In addition, the tablets include a standardized formulary for medical supplies, which made the ordering process easier and faster, Healthcare IT News reports…
In the first year, the use of the tablets, in combination with the formulary, helped cut medical supply costs by 20% per visit, according to officials.”
NAHC’s Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) confirms that the use of tablet computers is on the rise, as is the use of health IT more generally.
“Tablets as a point of care (POC) technology are on the rise,” says HCTAA’s Executive Director Richard Brennan. “There has also been some recent roll outs from Sutter, as noted in the [iHeathBeat] story, and Gentiva that are proving the case that the use of these devices are improving quality and the timeliness of health care delivery.”
Tablets are not the only technology that is on the rise among home health agencies. According to HCTAA data, 78.1 percent of home health agencies now use electronic medical records while 57.8 percent of home health agencies use Point of Care (POC) systems. Additionally, 80.5 percent of all home health agencies require clinical documentation via POC in the patient’s home.
To read the full iHealthBeat story, please click here.
To learn more about health information technology’s impact on home health and hospice care, please visit the HCTAA website.