How does your facility manage the mobile devices in use by employees?
If you don’t already know the answer to this question, it is an area you will need to explore, probably sooner rather than later. Health care is becoming more and more dependent on touch devices to manage the workflow. Many healthcare facilities and organizations are already moving away from desktop computers to mobile tablets and mobile telephones for information management. Mobile devices allow charting information to be at the HCW’s fingertips, wherever the nurse is. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are always on the move; for greater efficiency and productivity, their devices need to be on the move with them.
The trend toward mobile devices must be accompanied by a strategy for managing them. Mobile-device management (MDM) is both an information-technology (IT) and clinician concern, with areas that overlap. The IT department may be responsible for security of corporate mobile devices, maintenance of devices, and control of inventory. They also may be responsible for the MDM budget. The HCWs’ concerns are centered on how they make use of the mobile devices in their work; for example, how do they disinfect phones and tablets without ruining them? How will disinfection procedures be enforced? Both HCWs and IT are concerned with how mobile devices are accessed and returned by users and with how multiple devices are kept ready for use. If the devices are not charged when they are needed, they are useless. If someone forgets to turn the mobile device in at the end of their shift, what happens next? If the devices are not accounted for and stored securely in a designated place until needed, that presents another problem for HCWs and IT alike. The buck has to stop somewhere, so one of the big decisions in MDM is who is ultimately responsible for which aspects of MDM.
This is just a sampling of points to consider when determining a strategy for MDM. It is such a new area, chances are many people don’t even know the questions to ask to arrive at the answers they need. A system for MDM requires forethought, vision, planning, and the right equipment. It also is an investment of precious medical-facility financial resources. Before you invest in an MDM system, let Seal Shield advise you. It’s a complicated undertaking, but Seal Shield can simplify it for you, because they have already done the research and implementation.
Seal Shield’s ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and MobileDevice Manager automates MDM. At the heart of ElectroClave™ is the web-based MDM Portal. All of ElectroClave’s functions are tied to the cloud, for complete oversight by both IT and clinicians, and it can be accomplished with any device. The MDM Portal is an indispensable tool for managing workflows and setting up rules. Other critical features include smart charging, to prolong the life of the battery; RFID device tracking, so that anyone with oversight always knows where the mobile device is and which user has it in their possession, whether something is wrong with the device, and whether it needs updates or charging; LED UV-C 360° disinfection; and custom workflow. Unlike any other MDM system, ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and Mobile Device is imaged specifically for health care. It is scalable to the needs of the facility. Another huge advantage is that ElectroClave™ is not device-specific; it is configurable to any device, make, and model. All of this and more is accomplished with a secure, locking, particulate- and dust-free cabinet about the size of a mini-fridge. The ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and Mobile Device Manager can hold four tablets or twelve mobile phones or PDAs.
In our next blog, we will talk more in depth about the singular feature that sets Seal Shield’s ElectroClave™ UV Disinfection and Mobile Device Manager apart from other MDM systems, making it ideal for use in health care. No other MDM offers disinfection of its mobile devices, a critical need for mobile devices used in health care.
Susan Cantrell, ELS
Infection Control Corner
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