Smartphones have emerged as a powerful tool to enhance healthcare and create an ecosystem where mobility will drive the work. The rapid penetration and adoption of smartphones, tablets and other web-enabled mobile devices have brought forth this revolutionary change in the healthcare industry. But still many health organizations are showing concern over adopting mHealth into their main workflow and integrate mHealth in their day to day work, according to the penultimate panel at the Information Management Network (IMN) Hospital Cloud Forum in New York City.
Executives at the forum also raised concerns over its usage in context of care. Chilmark Research Founder and CEO John Moore, posed to the panelists of “mHealth — Balancing the Benefits and the Risks.” “When is this going to come into healthcare? When are providers going to start using this in the context of care?” asked Moore. So what is it that is keeping healthcare providers from using data from patients and to act upon them?
While at present this integration is still its infancy or experimental phase, it is inevitable according to a fellow member of the panel. “I’d like to offer a vision as a longtime clinician who talked to lots of patients over the years that the cloud is where patients and physicians are going to meet,” observed Steven J. Davidson, MD, MBA, FACEP, FACP, who serves as Senior Vice President and CMIO at Maimonides Medical Center. “I believe they’re going to get that access on these [points to smartphone].”
According to Dr. Davidson, EHR-mHealth integration — the confluence of provider and consumer data — has much to do with generational perceptions of the practice of medicine:
What remains for the healthcare industry to resolve, therefore, is the means for validating data from multiple sources, not just from providers, and ensuring that these mHealth devices and applications are properly vetted. At stake are issues of trust both in terms of the sources of data and the integrity of the information flowing into a central record. With healthcare organizations and providers already mired in the adoption and meaningful use of EHR systems as well as improvements to data capture and clinical documentation, the added burden of mHealth is one they are unlikely to shoulder until the former are mastered.
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