Anyone who has spent time in a hospital or emergency clinic setting knows that nurses are vital to successful patient interactions, data collection and healthcare assessments.
When it comes to healthcare data security, data sharing and protecting user privacy, there is no doubt that all are top concerns that demand attention and a solution. But one thing there isn't universal agreement on is how much of the responsibility for data security and access should fall on vendors, third-party data services and us as individuals.
Healthcare leaders at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston last week shared some pretty strong viewpoints regarding the value--or lack, thereof--of wearables as effective patient care tools.
There are many truths about technology innovation, but a big one is that sometimes there is no need to reinvent the wheel.
When you spend hours every week reading and writing about mobile healthcare--interviewing top minds and innovators--it's hard to fathom a scenario in which these tools are not taking root in the industry ubiquitously.
But after recently spending 17 hours in the emergency room of one of the best hospitals in New York, I quickly realize that mHealth technology is still in a very young stage when it comes to day-to-day healthcare delivery.
Conventional wisdom, especially when it comes to technology, is that more is better--more participants drive competition; more innovation drives more products; more advancements foster better tools and systems. But that's not the case at all when it comes to mobile healthcare apps.
There is a strong tendency for most Americans to think the bureaucratic process often gets in the way of federal agencies undertaking innovative programs and strategies. It's typically an inherent belief for many of us given the stumbles federal agencies often make and the headlines those missteps generate, with good news often relegated to back pages. But that shouldn't be the case when it comes to the progress the U.S. military departments have made with mobile health technology--and how they are using the tools to help active service personnel and injured soldiers.