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J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 3 I n 2017, people expect immediate access to information wher- ever they go, including the OR — especially the OR, for that matter. And now they can have it. Mobile health apps have helped surgical facilities open the lines of communication in a variety of ways. In addition to providing regular updates to set- tle the nerves of waiting family members, these apps can simplify a number of time-consuming tasks — everything from procuring pre- admission assessments, to sharing essential pre- and post-op instruc- tions, to sending friendly reminders about coming-due payments (see "Text Patients Before, During and After Surgery" on page 34). Surgical facilities that invest in these technologies stand to harvest some tangible fruits in terms of patient satisfaction, efficiency and What's New in Engage with patients in a more intimate way — on their cherished mobile devices. Bill Donahue | Senior Editor Patient Communication Apps • SCREEN TEST Mobile health apps can improve communication between staff and patients while simplifying a number of time-consuming tasks.

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