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Mobile devices in healthcare may one day appear 'invisible'
This article is part of the Pulse issue of July 2017, Vol. 5, No. 4
Ask health IT experts about the penetration of mobile devices in healthcare, and most will say the medical field is lagging behind other industries in using the technology. Mobile in healthcare is "vastly underdeveloped. I think we're five or six years behind every other industry," said Karen Clark, CIO at OrthoTennessee, headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. And Indranil Ganguly, vice president and CIO at JFK Health System, based in Edison, N.J., described the mobile landscape as disorganized. "I think it's very disjointed," he said. "I think we're struggling with basics. … We're struggling with the fact that, for most of the users, mobile is a consumer device." Ganguly explained that mobile devices in healthcare are mainly being used as an endpoint to receive information. "It's clunky, it's not easy to use and we've got a long way to go," he said. For an industry that prides itself on advanced medical care, it may seem odd that mobile technology is underutilized. The reason, however, may not simply be that hospitals are slow ...
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