The Value of a Mobile-Friendly Student Background Screening and Immunization Compliance Solution
In our interconnected world, smartphones have become invaluable in just about every facet of life. For students in particular, mobile technology is a kind of lifeline.
Today’s young people are “digital natives” who have never known life before smartphone technology. They expect digital solutions for getting everything done, including checking their class schedules, viewing their grades, and communicating with their teachers.
Given the importance of mobile tech in students' lives, it makes sense to use mobile-friendly solutions to manage student background checks, drug screening, and immunization records. For your health science professions students, who must also meet a range of clinical site requirements, a mobile-friendly solution delivers more ways to communicate and exchange information.
By reaching health science students on their phones and other mobile devices, you can help them meet immunization and screening requirements for participation in clinical rotation and residency programs. Moreover, taking a mobile-first approach doesn’t just benefit students. It can also help program administrators drive better overall student compliance and communication.
Why Mobile-Friendliness Matters
Mobile-friendly apps and websites have grown, in large part, because of the explosive growth of the use of smartphones and tablets.
Meeting the Mobile Reality
According to the Pew Research Center, 81 percent of Americans use a smartphone. For people between the ages of 18-29, smartphone usage is nearly universal, at 96 percent. Because many young people began using smartphones and other mobile devices as children, the notion of doing everything through their phone makes even more sense.
Not only do many students possess and use smartphones, but they also have a preference for communicating over mobile, even when there are available alternatives. Research by LivePerson found 65 percent of Generation Z and millennials prefer to communicate digitally rather than in person. In another survey, 60 percent of Gen Zers and millennials said they hate calling people.
Supporting Health and Safety
A mobile-friendly platform delivers more than convenience to college students. It can also support their ongoing health and safety. The increase in remote learning and off-campus living due to COVID-19 has made mobile experiences a desirable and necessary solution for communicating and exchanging information with students.
For health science students preparing for participation in clinical site programs, a mobile-friendly digital solution helps them stay on top of their immunization, drug testing, and background check requirements from anywhere. This includes whether they are on campus, on campus but quarantining, or at home in another state. Students can submit information, check their status, and find contacts and other resources to answer their questions.
The Benefits of a Mobile-Friendly Solution
When you already have a digital platform in place to support the exchange of student data, you can make your program even more user-friendly by making it fully accessible on mobile devices. In fact, early research by Google found that 74 percent of people would be more likely to return a site in the future if it was mobile-friendly.
A mobile-friendly solution streamlines communications between students, clinical sites, and university health program administrators, so everyone has a clear picture of the items completed by students and what is still outstanding. Making your health immunization program mobile delivers the following benefits:
A mobile solution offers the ability to provide students with information tailored to meet their needs. Instead of showing students generic program information or clinical site requirements not relevant to them, you can deliver expanded and personalized updates accessible on their phone.
The personalized immunization and screening information available to students includes the following:
- Background screening results
- Status updates detailing which forms and health records have been submitted and which are still outstanding
- Correspondence with health professionals regarding required retesting or boosters specific to their health situation
- Information about in-network drug testing facilities near their current location
Paperless Information Sharing
Students juggling a full workload and always on-the-go are likely to have little patience for using a site they can’t access with their phone. Other priorities can get in the way, and soon enough, they can fall behind in submitting the necessary information to meet clinical site screening and immunization requirements.
By giving students access to a mobile-friendly platform, you can take the stress out of background screening, drug screening, and immunization compliance, ultimately making it easier to complete those processes more efficiently. Instead of having to play phone tag, visit a campus health center, or submit paper forms, students with access to a mobile-friendly platform can do it all online. For example, paperless drug screening allows students to complete authorization forms and select a testing center online. After the testing is complete, they can view their results and give clinical sites viewing permission.
A mobile solution provides students with 24/7 access to all of their screening and immunization data, so they can check results, find forms, and get clarification on clinical site requirements.
A mobile-friendly interface allows students to submit information and search for information without having to wait to speak to someone during normal business hours. Some examples of information students can access from a mobile-friendly platform at any time and from anywhere include:
- Details about clinical site requirements and screening policies
- Background screening authorization and disclosure documents
- Information about drug screening sites in their location
- Results from testing
- Forms and FAQs
A mobile-friendly interface keeps all student immunization and screening data in one place. Students don’t have to switch between different apps and websites when managing all the various documents they need to submit. One centralized platform contains all the information they need, and when students need assistance, they can find resources and important contacts to help them.
Program administrators managing multiple clinical site requirements across even more students can’t afford to lose time on email and phone back-and-forth. A mobile solution allows you to send deadline reminders and other updates to students, cutting down on paper, as well as the need to track down students individually.
A mobile-friendly platform helps you save time on the following activities:
- Communicating clinical site requirements and submission deadlines
- Collecting authorization and other forms
- Managing student communications using HIPAA-compliant messaging
- Connecting students to qualified health professionals and other useful contacts
Boost Student Compliance and Screening with a Mobile-Friendly Solution
To meet the requirements set by clinical sites, health science students need to do their part to gather and submit their immunization histories, schedule their drug screening, and submit a background check authorization. In using a mobile-friendly compliance solution, you make it easier for students to understand their obligations and submit the required information on time.
For more strategies to boost the effectiveness of your program, read Improving Immunization Compliance: A Guide for Your Clinical Programs.