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August 21, 2015

HealthStream Unveils Platform with Better UI, Support for Mobile Devices

HealthStream recently unveiled several improvements to its healthcare platform. The company made considerable efforts to improve its user interface and has added extensive support for mobile devices.

Nashville, Tennessee-based HealthStream, Inc. provides IT, online learning, performance management, surveys and research, and simulation training solutions for the healthcare industry. According to its website, the company’s technology platform is used by over 4 million healthcare professionals and half of all hospitals in the U.S.

A major part of the platform’s UI overhaul has to do with improving workflows. Over a period of nearly two years, the company conducted 200 usability studies. Workflows were designed specifically for the type of professional using them, making the process more efficient and easier to use.

Accommodating mobile devices is another major part of the improved user experience. Webpages have been modified so that a mobile version of the page displays when accessed by a tablet or smartphone, instead of the full-sized desktop version.

Given the increased use of mobile technology in healthcare, such changes are not just nice to have, they are also a necessity. A Transparency Market Research report dealing with the increased use of mobile devices that connect with tablets and smartphones predicts just how much this usage is growing. Between 2013 and 2019, the global medical device and mobile health monitoring market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 43.3 percent to just over $8 billion.

The greater reliance on mobile devices is more than just jumping on the latest technology bandwagon. There is also a huge potential for cost savings. The Center for Technology and Learning reported that over the next 25 years, the mHealth monitoring and medical device market could reduce healthcare spending by $200 billion in the U.S. alone!

HealthStream’s upgrade to its platform is an important modernization in the age of mobile technology that also improves efficiency among healthcare professionals. This is of huge importance in an industry known for rising costs, but more important is that the efficiency may allow patients to get treatment faster and save their lives. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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