Novation Releases Paper Exploring How to Quantify the Benefits of Mobile Technologies

Mobile technology is changing the landscape of health care delivery, especially in the developing world where its impact on people who live in remote areas –who now have the ability to consult with the physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers who live in the major cities, can be easily measured in terms of improved outcomes.  It’s life and death stuff.

Said Dr. Alain Labrique, a professor of International Health at Johns Hopkins, “what mobile technologies are doing is changing the way that we see global health in terms of our ability to impact populations, to collect data in real time, to develop real strategies to impact public health that we hadn’t thought of before.” He added that “mHealth has the potential to be integrated into the way we teach…” and in fact, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will begin two courses on incorporating mobile technologies into global health fieldwork, starting in March of 2013.

 But what about its impact here in the U.S. and throughout the developed world?

Today, Novation released a paper, “Mobile and the Healthcare Supply Chain,” which is designed to help hospital supply chain professionals quantify the benefits found in the adoption and usage of mobile applications.  Mobile technology in the hospital is growing at a tremendous rate. It is being utilized in many departments within the hospital, and is continuing to grow in its adoption as technology platforms and solutions delivered to the marketplace improve.

“With the increased adoption of mobile devices by hospitals, we fully expect that by 2015 more decisions will be made and business transactions will be done via mobile devices than through a desktop” says Hari Subramanian, director, mobile solutions, Novation. Increased productivity is the most common quantifiable benefit of mobile technology adoption. Lower costs and higher performance naturally follow that productivity. Notably, the value of any new technology is proportionally associated with the rate of adoption – higher user value leads to increased adoption, which in turn leads to additional quantifiable benefits.

Mobile supply chain applications already provide very specific benefits to the hospital supply chain user. These include:

  • An additional procurement channel
  • Real-time informed decisions
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved Workflow
  • On-the-go status and pricing updates
  • Immediate and customized notifications
  • Reducing inventory costs
  • Increased User Engagement

Novation’s paper also includes a return on investment (ROI) analysis that helps tangibly quantify some of the costs and benefits of implementing a mobile strategy. “Today, there are already significant benefits associated with the use and adoption of mobile technology,” says Guillermo Ramas, vice president, information and data services, commercial products. “A net increase in value translates to overall savings for the health care organization. This in turn reduces costs across the health care supply chain, and ultimately, for the patient.”

I don’t think you’re going to find too many healthcare professionals who would disagree with that statement. But recognizing the value and measuring it is a different matter altogether. SCM professionals would be well-served to collaborate for the purpose of identifying benchmarks and other methods to quantify such acknowledged benefits. The questions are bound to be asked.

Source: PRNewswire

—Tom Finn


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