This past week I spoke with Arthur Polin, medical director for Florida Hospital North Pinellas, about how Adventist Health System is using mHealth to meeting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements for Chronic Care Management--and the liklihood an aging population will embrace using mobile tools for healthcare purposes.
This week brings insight on two very different issues relating to mobile health technology and use. One is the growing "bring your own device" movement within hospitals and care centers by the nursing population. The second is the fallibility of mobile communications infrastructure carrying all the messaging and data.
When it comes to developing mobile health apps, there is an unwritten best practice: the app must meet a user's needs and hopefully, provide expert, validated knowledge. But such a scenario is not unfolding when it comes to reproductive apps.
The exploding number of healthcare apps ready for download on smartphones and tablets is impressive and shows no sign of letting up. But the real story of their potential impact is far more than a case of raw numbers. Longer term, mobile apps will have a profound effect on the management of chronic diseases and population health. The key is more meaningful and timely communication between doctor and patient. Two examples at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York illustrate how apps are being used now to expand the scope and quality of care for existing patients
Given the increasing wave of mHealth-related IBM headlines in the past few months, some could have the impression IBM is just now getting its foot in the door where mobile healthcare in concerned. But while Apple, Google and BlackBerry have been heralded as major players to drive mHealth technology ahead, it would be remiss, and even irresponsible, to not put IBM on the list--and maybe even someday soon at the top.