Building Patient Compliance through mHealth

A recent whitepaper clearly highlights the connection between enhancing patient compliance with doctors through mHealth

The mHealth industry has seen significant growth in the past couple of years. Thanks to a booming Smartphone and mobile device market, mHealth continues to grow at a rapid pace. Amongst other developments in mHealth, remotely monitoring patient compliance with doctors’ has emerged as a significant focus area.

A recent report by Mobiquity stated, “Mobile technology has become a cost-effective and scalable driver of behaviour change in healthcare and other industries.” It goes on to note, “Sensors, mobile alerts and reminders, and cloud-based analytics can be utilized to track when and how often medications are taken and let patients know when they have missed a dosage.” The study note is reported to have estimated the US of $290 billion annually on healthcare costs when patients fail to take their prescribed medications.

Becker’s hospital, after analyzing the Mobiquity report stated that mobile devices can play an important role in changing patient behaviour. There are particularly four main attributes associated to changing patient behaviour via mobile devices:

  • Availability: Smartphones and similar devices are readily available throughout the day as decisions are being made.
  • Awareness: Mobile technology has the ability to identify the user’s location, social setting and recent activity to provide context for decision-making.
  • Data collection: Mobile devices can easily collect data through cameras, accelerometers and microphones.
  • Real-time feedback: Mobile technology can provide instant positive reinforcement for healthy decisions and actions.

Dr. Stephen Ferzoco, chief medical officer, Mobiquity, believes that the findings of the report and mobile technology can impact the future of communication between doctors and patients. Dr. Ferzoco said, “Behaviour change techniques and theories have been around for decades, but largely they have not achieved sustained success. The unique attributes of mobile provide an opportunity to not only strengthen behaviour change initiatives, but also transform healthcare from a system that revolves around physicians and hospitals to one that actively engages the patient.”

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8 thoughts on “Building Patient Compliance through mHealth

  1. Reblogged this on Canadian Healthcare and commented:
    I wanted to share this post that I came across as it meshes two sectors of healthcare that I like to focus on, mobile health and the patient. This post highlights another benefit of mHealth, which is patient compliance with prescribed medications and behaviors, and goes on to outline some of the behavioral changes that may have to occur to enable compliance. This use of mobile technology may seem simple, however improved patient compliance decreases readmissions and consequently has the potential to decrease the strain on our healthcare system. The real time-tracking capabilities of mobile technologies also encourage patients to take more control over their own health and could empower them to take more responsibility for their own outcomes.

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