Freedom Technologies Medical
Medical errors have a profound impact on the global healthcare industry. Patient care and safety are compromised, and the additional costs to ensure successful patient outcomes are enormous. Achieving compliance with federal regulations, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) in the United States, in addition to following the guidelines of organizations such as the Leapfrog Group and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) provides the extra impetus for hospitals and healthcare providers to automate many processes to reduce errors.
For hospitals, there’s a compelling value proposition for fixing any business process where the cost of a mistake—in dollars, time and patient suffering or even death—is unacceptably high yet easily preventable. Some of these activities include positive patient identification, medication administration, specimen collection and remote patient monitoring. Enterprise mobility enables healthcare providers to capture, move and manage patient information in real time from the point of care or activity to the point of decision. The use of ruggedized, sealed personalized digital assistants (PDAs), integrated bar code scanning and wireless local area network (WLAN) infrastructure serve as part of the foundation of enterprise mobility reference architecture.