As HIMSS14 approaches, we are rolling out a pre-show guest blog series from health IT industry experts on trends you can expect to hear about at the event. Below is a guest contribution from Alan Portela, chief executive officer at AirStrip.


The demand for patient-centric tools to mobilize EMR and medical device data in a single viewer is obvious. Many major providers have either begun to go mobile or have a plan ready to do so, but it’s important to implement practical elements in the strategy to make it successful.


The best way to go mobile is to support all form factors. In parallel with mHealth implementation, providers should bring the look and feel (i.e. touchscreens) of mobile technologies to physicians’ desktops and laptops. After all, that’s what they are still primarily using when they are not on the go.


Compatibility with any mobile device is critical for a mobile strategy, especially given the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) demand we’re seeing from physicians. But what a lot of technology vendors are forgetting is that the same experience needs to occur on desktops and laptops. As physicians become accustomed to mobile capabilities that seamlessly aggregate clinically-relevant systems into one single view, they need to have the same interaction on their desktops. They shouldn’t have to face frustrations when logging in on their computers or learn to navigate different applications across desktops and devices.


Achieving the full value of mobility requires that physicians have one unique, seamless view of data no matter where they are – which means making sure they have an extended version of that same view on their computer screens.


In the not-too-distant-future, physicians will be viewing data from any source in a single format, just like they would on their mobile device. They’ll be using a touchscreen desktop at home, in the office, by the bedside or on large, sharable screens as they discuss cases with the care coordination team. One dashboard will show medical device data in near real-time and fully-integrated EMR data with video conference capabilities – and all the other values offered by mobility will be present.


The availability of mobile capabilities on the desktop is going to drive sales of mobile applications, but more importantly, it’s going to enhance mobile utilization. The more applications become seamless, the more physicians will get used to utilizing those applications. By increasing adoption of mobility, physicians will provide higher quality, more efficient care and be able to meet the increasing industry demands put on them by the expanding care continuum.


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