To say it's been a busy few months regarding regulatory actions in the healthcare space would be an understatement. To that end, I don't believe it would be sensationalistic to predict this may be a year in which federal agencies make landmark decisions and establish strategies and historical markers when it comes to mHealth technology oversight.
The advent of mobile healthcare in hospital settings is coming on the heels of likely the biggest tech challenge such institutions faced in decades: the implementation of electronic health record systems. And while it seems natural to expect hospitals to embrace mobile healthcare with enthusiasm, and do it well given the federal government's EHR efforts, that apparently is not the case.
In just one year amazing mHealth innovations made a splash in the consumer marketplace, forging an open path for a bigger wave of products and tools to come in 2015.
One of the greatest things about technology is it is always changing, always morphing and nearly always improving on what's already in play, and nowhere is this more true than the mHealth landscape.
We've all witnessed how the smartphone is now firmly a building block for hundreds of mHealth innovations, from monitoring devices and apps tracking patient's treatment to diagnostic tech helping niche groups such as veterans and those needing psychiatric treatment. Today's smartphones are helping care providers, spurring better healthcare efforts, giving patients telehealth and mobile healthcare data access all while saving time and money.
And now smartphones may take the place of wearables as the perfect mHealth device.
Sometimes one simple answer a question can prove as compelling and relevant as an 800-word commentary, a 15-minute video interview or a six-panelist, one-hour workshop session. Case in point, a recent Forbes report in which doctors were asked how many patients had inquired about integrating data from a fitness mHealth device into their electronic patient record. As this week's article on this polling exercise points out, not too many are at all interested in connecting healthcare data activities. As the doctors indicate, more than a good majority of patients--85 percent--haven't asked the question.
The holiday season is just around the corner and everyone, except diehard procrastinators, is either well into gift buying or at least gearing up for Black Friday this week. I suspect more than a few have some sort of mHealth wearable product on the gift list and for most it's been a matter of deciphering what smartband, smartwatch or fitness wearable the exercise guru or health-conscious family member would love to get this year.
This week FierceMobileHealthcare reports on a study regarding physician recommendation of a smartphone app and the fact the prescription didn't resonate with patients. It's a unique study because it doesn't dissecting whether the app itself works in helping patients lose weight, but how patients view such software prescriptions within healthcare treatment.
The mHealth app didn't fail as a tool overall, it failed because it's didn't engage patients and encourage them to use the app on a daily and consistent basis