As the leading healthcare service provider in the country, physicians and staff at HCA understand that a quick response time is essential to effectively handling a medical emergency. Finding and utilizing new technologies that assist in better patient care plays a critical role to our success. Today, as mobile apps become more prolific, HCA has found another avenue of technology to pursue.
Mobile medical apps have been a proven advantage in time and efficiency during a medical crisis by giving an essential edge to delivering better, faster treatment to patients in our care.
To millions each year, in fact.
“It’s tremendously important that medical facilities have the latest technology,” says Dr. John Perlin, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer. “It makes all the difference between good care and not-so-good care. It may even be the difference between life and death. Apps on iPhone and iPad put the information needed for medical decisions into the hands of decision-makers.”
AirStrip Cardiology, which lets cardiologists remotely view real-time patient vitals and EKGs, Heart Pro III, which displays zoomable 3D heart images that can be rotated and even “cut” with a finger swipe and PatientKeeper PK4801R, which gives doctors mobile access to patient lists, vitals, medications, lab results, and more, are some of the apps being used at HCA facilities. The apps are featured in our business profile on Apple’s website.
“It’s amazing to look back at how technology has changed, and how it has changed medicine in the process,” says Dr. José Soler, a cardiologist at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Florida. “Once you start using this technology, it becomes indispensable. Mobile medicine is here.”
The technological advantage of these apps is actionable data that promotes HCA’s mission to better the human condition by allowing us to offer the best in patient care.
“We’re improving the care we provide to each patient, be it a newborn and mom or a cardiac patient,” says Chuck Hall, President of HCA’s National Group. “Not only are we saving time, but we’re improving outcomes.”
“Physicians, nurses, and other caregivers are increasingly familiar with iPhone and iPad apps,” adds Perlin. “And it’s these tools that give them the information to deliver the world’s best healthcare.”
Here’s a video that better illustrates the advantage HCA has in implementing these medical mobile applications: