From Apple to Samsung to even Amazon, tablets have swept the nation and are constantly accelerating their expansion into schools and businesses everywhere. They are portable, easy to use, and can be loaded with customized apps. It’s no surprise that tablets have been programmed to work in hospitals. They are a great way for hospitals to streamline processes, improve staff efficiency, and cut down on piles of extensive paperwork.
Here are 6 benefits of tablets in hospitals:
Makes Doctors More Efficient
According to this study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, tablets make doctors feel more efficient and were shown to actually improve their workflow. In fact, the doctors self-reported a time savings of about an hour a day. Further, 68% of all housestaff reported that patient care delays were averted with tablets.
Quicker Patient and Visitor Check-In
By mounting tablets in cases, hospitals can expedite the check-in process. With a swipe of a finger, patients can update their information, check-in, and schedule their next appointment. Not only does this save patients time, it streamlines the process of updating patient information for healthcare staff.
Easier Access to Information
Tablets allow doctors and nurses to access up-to-date information before and during each visit with the patient. This prevents careless clinical mistakes and saves everyone time.
Streamlined In-Room Patient Requests
Whether it’s to change the temperature of the room or make dietary requests, tablets streamline in-room patient requests. When programmed with interactive patient care (IPC) systems, tablets route requests without distracting nurses from non-nursing requests. Further, when requests are directly routed to the appropriate departments, they are typically fulfilled faster.
Entertains and Soothes Patients
Hospitals are stressful for everyone -- especially children. Serving as a tool for distraction, tablets ease stresses and fears while providing entertainment. Patients can watch their favorite movies, play games, and communicate with family members.
Improved Patient Education
One of the most notable benefits of tablets in hospitals is improved and more streamlined patient education. What better and easier way to explain things to a patient but with an interactive diagram or video? At the end of the day, improved patient education leads to better patient engagement - a big win for everyone involved.
Overall, these are just a handful of benefits of tablets in hospitals. The multi-faceted functionality of these tablets make them an indispensable tool in healthcare. Here at HatchMed, we are proud to be involved in putting tablets in hospitals with The Talon Tablet Mount. Unlike any other tablet mount, The Talon puts tablets in the most convenient place for patients, on the bed rail. You can learn more and request a sample here.