Mobile devices not working out for many nurses

March 19, 2015 in Medical Technology

March 19, 2015 AT 3:07 PM

If there’s one group within the healthcare workforce who could really use effective mobile tools, it’s nurses.  But according to a new survey from the West Health Institute, that’s not happening. 

The problem, it seems, is that “while nurses have more devices to work with, those devices aren’t synching with each other or the electronic health record. So they’re doing more work to gather health data and put it where it’s supposed to be stored.” 

West Health, working with Harris Poll, surveyed 526 nurses in January on their experiences with medical devices. “Among the most disturbing findings, they found that half of the nurses said they’ve witnessed a medical error because of a lack of device coordination, and almost half said one out of every four medical errors and adverse events could be prevented by device interoperability.”  The report urges Congressional leaders and federal officials to include medical devices in interoperability guidelines.

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