Conhit 2012 Using personal mobile technology for clinical documentation

Autor / Redakteur: Kathrin Schäfer / Jürgen Schreier

Just as iPads and the like are becoming indispensable to many people in their private lives, so are they more and more essential to medical staff in hospitals and physician’s practices, as the trade fair Conhit in Berlin makes clear. The annual spring exhibition, which runs from 24 through 26 April this year, was created in 2008 by Bvitg, the German healthcare IT association..

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The healthcare IT industry is getting serious about the mobilisation of medical data because mobile documentation promises to bring the goal of the paper-free hospital much closer. In Germany’s hospitals, therefore, mobile-tech-based medical rounds are on the advance, and for good reason.

As Bernhard Calmer, CEO of Bvitg, emphasized: “If patient information is available on a mobile basis, interaction with the patients is improved. It makes the medical round more effective and contributes to process optimisation.”

“Anyone planning mobile scenarios has to analyse the need precisely in order to make the right hardware decision,” said Andreas Kassner, CEO of Servicegesellschaft VSG at Bvitg. Whereas, up till now, laptops have often been screwed onto trolleys when patient data had to be available to physicians as they made their rounds, a trend toward using the tablet PC and smartphone is accelerating. However, computer terminals at the patient’s bedside, usable not only by medical staff but also by the patient, also are attracting interest.

Patient-data access via app

Conhit attendees will be able to gather information regarding the practical formatting of mobile clinical documentation from numerous exhibitors. “Most manufacturers of clinical information systems are able to make concrete bids in this area,” asserted Calmer.

Positive experiences with an iPad-based medical round have been reported by SAP and Siemens, who at Charité Berlin piloted an iPad app that now will be made available to a wider circle of patients. This app gives doctors access to patient data stored in the hospital information system and in the digital archive of Charité, as well as elsewhere. The pilot-stage doctors in the neurology department of Charité reacted very favourably.