We witnessed a plethora of mobile health enabled devices and wearable technology during the mHealth13 conference. We also found out that the focus towards mobile health is gaining more traction amongst healthcare providers as well as consumers. But one study conducted by Medscape, a networking and informative website for healthcare professionals, shows that while there are plenty of mobile health apps available for consumers, the execution of the applications may still need to be improved upon.
The study cracked down on the best and most usable mobile apps in the market. The study divided the apps into different categories such as diabetes, oncology, women’s health and prescription compliance. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
Employees are getting more tech-savvy, especially in terms of mobile devices. But this doesn’t mean that IT managers should underrate the need for a software implementation that fulfills the needs of the organization, and not just a cheap rip-off. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]
Corporations are witnessing the “Consumerization of IT“. A business manager buys access to cloud just because the IT department is too slow to wait for and he urgently needs to store common documents for his staff to access. So, that means unless the in-house team can respond quickly to requests, employees are going to find their own solutions outside regular norms in order to keep work up.
One of the primary effects of the consumer mobile and Internet explosion is that corporate users know that software can be easy to use, intuitive and accessible. They are also aware that their company’s software and IT support can be difficult and time-taking at times. And with more and more technology opening up for consumers, employees know it doesn’t have to be like this. Continue reading →
Smartphones are set to take the centre-stage in mHealth, strengthening the traditional stand-alone mHealth monitoring
Smartphone-based mHealth is going to undergo a significant rise in the next five years and mHealth-based hardware devices linked to their companion applications on smartphones is going to play a huge role in enabling it, a new report from Juniper Research claims.
According to the report published by Juniper Research called Mobile Health & Fitness: Monitoring, App-enabled Devices & Cost Savings 2013-2018, there will be close to 100 million users of app-enabled mHealth and mFitness (mobile-fitness) hardware devices by 2018. Currently, there are approximately 15 million people using such services and devices. The report also states that mHealth sector is looking forward to use applications to enable services like remote patient monitoring, tracking, and even mobile ultrasound services. Continue reading →
Mobile Health (or mHealth) though being a part of healthcare is such a broad area in itself. Not only does it include almost every aspect of healthcare but it also has no restrictions in terms of geography, culture, or economy. The mHealth sector is steadily building capabilities to address today’s healthcare challenges. Let’s take a look at the 3 different communities of mHealth and their unique assets: Continue reading →
Digital omnivores, a term now being largely used to describe people who are using smartphones, tablets and laptops seems to be fitting perfectly to describe health providers as well. Physicians across all specialties and clinical roles are embracing several devices in the consult room and beyond.
Epocrates conducted a survey recently showing that mHealth and physician engagement with multiple devices is on the rise. According to the survey, 90% of the 1,063 healthcare professionals who were surveyed in the 2013 Mobile Trends Report reported that they use a smartphone daily, and nearly as many reporting tablet use on a regular basis.
The report stated, “Today’s digital omnivores express a preference for mobile screens across all professional tasks – an important behavioral shift that has potential to dramatically shape the way developers, content providers and marketers engage with clinicians as the three-screen workflow becomes the norm.” Continue reading →
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’ orders 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. Continue reading →
Data centres and IT organizations facing new demands owing to the uptrend in mobility, according to new report.
According to a new report by IDC Health Insights, the clinical mobility spending in United States is expected to rise from USD 2.9 billion in 2011 to USD 5.4 billion in 2016; an annual growth rate of 12.7 percent.
But the growth in clinical mobility must also stack in line with the demands of the overall Healthcare IT and need to respond to the healthcare reforms. Thankfully, implementation of meaningful use technologies such as EHRs, eRx, CPOE, HIE etc will augment the use of mobile devices and mobile point-of-care solutions to enhance clinical workflow and patient care.
Today’s healthcare IT ecosystem was designed several years ago with a fee-for-service model in mind. With the advancements in technology and the industry’s shift towards a more effective and value based reimbursement models, it is becoming evident that the small incremental updates and modifications won’t be able to keep the healthcare industry afloat amid the ever changing market scenario that depends upon profitability through cost savings. It will eventually leave the healthcare providers struggling with productivity losses and financial uncertainties. Continue reading →
The business sector has traditionally handled disruption and disruptive technologies with somewhat open arms. The best of the best is quickly identified and moved into production by consumer demand. Academia, on the other hand, is steeped in tradition and – from my limited experience with technology transfer – struggles with separating the wheat from the chaff. Compound the issue with the emerging discussion of “consumerism” in healthcare and innovators, researchers and even the tried and true method of the market can contract pilotitis.