Noora Salminen: The right mobility choices will open up new opportunities for healthcare

Equipment requirements for hospital logistics

Hospital logistics requirements for hardware solutions are strict in many respects. In hospital conditions, the devices must be able to withstand long periods of use, so battery life and interchangeability must be taken into account when making choices. The device must be easy to use and the display must withstand heavy use and clearly display the desired functions. Barcode scanners emphasize the need to read as obscure as barcodes at different distances. In addition to the physical features of the device, it's also important to have versatile connectivity, as well as operating system information security, upgradeability, and reliable usability. For equipment procurement, continuity of service and maintenance and rationally designed life cycle costs are important for continuity. Purchasing market-leading equipment in your purchases guarantees that you will certainly receive a comprehensive package instead of just ordering individual equipment. It is also very important that the device can be cleaned safely, as the health sector cannot afford to hide hidden impurities.

Mobility in a hospital environment

Many times one might well think that cheaper consumer equipment could well serve as a substitute for professional handheld terminals. However, it is good to note that consumer devices are not designed to meet the above hospital logistics requirements. Professional equipment is designed to save lives, reduce paper handling, enhance work efficiency, and improve patient care. According to the survey, 71% of hospitals regard mobile devices and their successful selection as the number one investment priority. It should be noted that wrong choices in equipment procurement lead to frustration, lower productivity, higher costs, and are likely to pose safety risks. Professional devices, in turn, increase productivity, task accuracy, and payback time (ROI).

5 steps to Roadmap hardware selection

To help you make the right mobility choices, it is a good idea to consider the following 5 steps hardware admap components before purchasing.

1. Map how the hospital staff communicates Does the staff communicate via paper, internet or on their own mobile phones? Studies show that 70% of medication errors are caused by connectivity problems and interruptions, so it is very important that devices work at a critical time.  

2. Identify mobile connection requirements It is important to identify the service units' own requirements and management applications and to be aware of the communication within your group via telephone or SMS. Connections must be reliable and secure.  

3.Identify applications and systems According to a survey, 52% of carers prefer mobile applications rather than ask a colleague  

4. Decide how to manage alarms and other alerts 85% of alarms are so called. Continuous operation sounds of medical devices. It is important to determine whether treatment critical alarms can be imported to mobile devices, ie integration requirements  

5. Decide how you want to go about your investment It is important to decide where to start the mobile device project and to bring in the experience to bring about the best possible change project.    

Noora Salminen

Want to know more about mobility opportunities in a hospital setting? Contact noora.salminen@optiscangroup.com for more chat.



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