Clinical Mobility Solutions as a Recruiting Tool?

As HIMSS13 approaches, we continue our pre-show guest blog series from health IT industry experts. Below is a guest contribution from Andrew Litt, M.D., chief medical officer, Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences, on mobile health IT features and benefits. Watch for more pre-HIMSS posts to come as we get closer to the show.

In a recent HIMSS survey, two-thirds of health IT executives said that the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. Clearly, information technology implemented the right way at the point of care can empower medical professionals and make them more productive. But did you know that a mobile computing strategy can also serve as a positive recruiting and retention tool?

According to a recent commissioned Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) saved more than $600,000 and enhanced the productivity of clinicians in its Family Medicine Residency Program by implementing Dell’s Mobile Clinical Computing (MCC) solution powered by Intel.

Designed to improve clinician efficiency without compromising security, MCC combines desktop virtualization, single-sign-on and strong authentication technologies with expert consulting, implementation and support services. By storing information in the data center – not the endpoint device – MCC also helps reduce the risk of lost or stolen data and simplifies HIPAA compliance.

The cost savings and benefits to patients are significant. With the increase in productivity, the clinic will be able to schedule an additional one or two patients per day, per physician. In addition, they were able to implement electronic medical records in a secure environment that simplifies compliance with data security policies and regulations and allows clinicians more time to spend with patients.

But the Forrester study also revealed an unexpected – albeit unquantifiable – benefit: a strong mobile computing strategy can help hospitals recruit and retain physicians. Many medical schools are already using the latest IT tools and residency candidates expect the same leading-edge technology in their work environments. It may seem like a small thing, but by providing residency physicians with remote access via a secure portal, a hospital can help ensure a better work-life balance for the future generation of doctors.

What do you think?