Home health aides provide the vital link between physicians and their homebound patients. These workers deliver outpatient and at home healthcare to the elderly, infirm and chronically ill, coordinating the care plan between the patient, their caregivers and physicians. They provide wellness checks, nursing services and even physical and occupational therapy. Their essential work keeps patients out of hospitals and care facilities.

Like their healthcare colleagues, home health aides have adapted to electronic health records (EHR) and other documentation requirements. Long ago, many traded in their clipboards for laptops. And now, the heavy, battery-draining laptop is being replaced by a tablet that is lighter and purpose-built for healthcare professionals. The robust computing power and extended battery life of Samsung Galaxy tablets make it easier than ever for nurses and caretakers to — for example — show educational videos to patients when traveling to their location.

But there are many other ways the unassuming healthcare tablet is improving home healthcare outcomes and making lives easier for aides, physicians, patients and the IT administrators who manage and service these mobile devices. Here are five examples of the advantages these tablets can bring.

1. A picture is worth 1,000 words. Some tablets come equipped with high-quality cameras. There’s no better way to share visuals with doctors and nurses at a separate location. Pictures may allow a patient to stay home and avoid transportation to a doctor’s office. If the aide can share an image of a wound, abrasion or other physical injuries, it’s possible that the doctor or nurse can diagnose next steps immediately. In this way, the patient gets faster, more accurate care.

2. HIPAA-compliant devices ensure secure patient information. Samsung tablets come equipped with Samsung Knox. This HIPAA-compliant, defense-grade security platform separates work data from personal data on the tablet. This allows employees to easily switch back and forth between work and personal apps. Knox also allows IT to monitor and secure enterprise data without infringing on worker privacy. Your home health aides stay connected and patient data stays protected.

3. All the apps you need, right at your fingertips. Samsung Knox Customization provides administrators and developers with a set of tools so your facility can customize and deploy a purpose-built device. Devices can be tailored specifically to what your home health aides need to do their jobs. Knox Customization can manage settings, applications and content controls for each device. This makes the device less confusing for the end user and circumvents the need for additional, memory-hogging applications.

4. IT administrators can configure many devices all at once. The cloud-based Knox Configure tool allows IT administrators to remotely provision and configure many Samsung tablets or other mobile devices quickly and conveniently. Knox Configure makes it easy to customize an off-the-shelf device for a specific business purpose. The streamlined setup process means you can skip tedious setup wizards and remove unnecessary preloaded apps. You can also embed your facility’s brand onto the device.

5. A lost or stolen device can be wiped remotely. With the Knox Mobile Enrollment program, IT administrators can set and change mobile security policies remotely. IT maintains control of each device and can prevent employees from installing or removing apps. Administrators can even remotely wipe company data if a device is ever lost or stolen.

Home health aides will continue to be a vital link in connected care. Secure, functional tablets can help them ensure the physician and patient link is even stronger.

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