Digital technology has transformed many aspects of healthcare, but when it comes to clinical communications and workflows, many hospitals are still stuck using yesterday’s tech.

While some hospitals are moving ahead and leveraging mobile devices and apps in innovative ways, for many there is a perception that it is too complex and too expensive. This is exactly the problem that Samsung has set out to address with its multiuse smartphone solutions for clinicians.

Clinician Tech Overload

Nurses and clinicians have an extremely challenging job. They have multiple responsibilities, they are always on the go, and always multitasking. To accomplish all these tasks, they juggle an array of different devices: from communications pendants, pagers and desk phones, to handheld scanners and aging computer terminals.

Put yourself in the nurses’ shoes and imagine you’re trying to accomplish your job while using a different device for almost every task. There is an enormous amount of inefficiency caused by this fragmented technology strategy.

This is not just a problem for clinicians. For the hospital IT leaders, managing all these different systems and devices has become a burden on budget and staffing.

A Smarter Solution

Samsung multiuse smartphones offer a smarter solution. Samsung has partnered with the leading healthcare software providers who deliver solutions for clinical communications, mobile electronic health records (EHR) access, secure single-sign-on, scanning and other capabilities to seamlessly integrate them on a single smart mobile device.

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The Samsung multiuse solution leverages Imprivata for secure single sign-on, so clinicians can unlock their smartphones with the tap of a badge. They don’t have to enter a password or PIN, or even stop long enough to remove their gloves. Then they can use the same device for everything from clinical communications, to barcode scanning, to EHR access. That means no more trips back to the nurses’ station to view and edit patient records. Instead, nurses can quickly check and update records on the go, ensuring that patient data stays up to date for everyone else on the care team.

If nurses need a larger screen or keyboard for charting, they can now have a desktop experience without a desktop computer. Instead, they simply plug their smartphones into a Samsung DeX workstation and access a Citrix virtual desktop, which gives them full access to hospital applications and information systems, including EHR. This saves nurses time and helps them have more informed interactions with patients. They can also connect their smartphone to hospital room smart TVs to share information directly with patients.

Lightening the Load for IT

For hospital IT, security is a top concern. All Samsung smartphones have Samsung Knox built in from the chip up. This defense-grade security platform keeps patient data safe. Meanwhile, Knox Configure and Knox Mobile Enrollment let IT departments deploy Samsung Galaxy phones — already preconfigured with the desired applications and settings — quickly and at scale.

With the Samsung multiuse solution, clinicians no longer need laptops, desktops, pagers or communications pendants to communicate and access information. That means IT no longer needs to secure and manage all those devices. This lowers IT costs and increases efficiency.

Samsung makes integrations easy by working with leading clinical communications vendors and EHR providers to ensure their solutions work seamlessly on the multiuse devices.

Worried about the cost? Samsung has a broad portfolio of products, starting from the Galaxy A series all the way to the flagship Galaxy S and Note devices. There’s a device for every budget, and hospitals can leverage the same multiuse solution on them all.

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Taylor Mallory Holland

Taylor Mallory Holland is a professional writer with more than 11 years of experience writing about business, technology and healthcare for both media outlets and companies. Taylor is passionate about how mobile technology can reshape the healthcare industry, providing new ways for care providers to connect with patients and streamline workflows. She stays on top of emerging trends and regularly speaks with healthcare industry leaders about the challenges they face and how they innovate using mobile technology. Follow Taylor on Twitter: @TaylorMHoll

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