More than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals are using smartphones and or tablets and 69 percent of clinicians are using both a desktop/laptop and a smartphone/tablet to access data, according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Mobile Devices Study.
A New Jersey medical center now boasts its own mHealth app bar, a la Apple's retail store, to provide patients, staff and visitors tech support and training on mobile software and devices.
Smartphones and other devices pose tremendous promise for healthcare, but getting data to prove that assertion, specifically among niche patient populations, isn't easy. One example is a research effort by UCLA grad students on how mobile apps could help boost young gay black men's health and help prevent potential diseases, such as AIDS and diabetes, according to a LA Times report.
Smartphone apps that monitor human behavior, speech and voice levels, moods and social interaction are being researched as potential tools for helping those suffering from mental illness, include bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Researchers hope someday soon that such tools will also be able to predict and serve as a proactive mechanism for alerting patients and doctors on impending mental illness episodes.
Nearly half of American adults, 48 percent, are extremely interested in using smartphone and tablets for checking blood pressure, 47 percent are interested in tools that monitor their heartbeats and 23 percent are somewhat interested in using mHealth apps and devices, according to a new Harris Poll.
One of every five American adults is using mobile technology to enhance his or her life, and the number jumps to 23 percent when it comes to those working full-time jobs, according to new Gallup research.
A Wisconsin-based healthcare organization is tapping a mobile nurse calling system in a quest to drive more open communication between patients and care providers, as well as gain operational cost efficiencies, according to a Healthcare Informatics article.
One of the very first cell phones I remember seeing was courtesy of the soap opera "General Hospital" when a main protagonist at the time, police chief Robert Scorpio, used a big clunky...
Imagine a sock that helps keep Alzheimer sufferers safe from harm and wandering off, smart clothing that tracks everything from breathing to pulse rates, a toilet that analyzes vitamin and hydration levels and laser wands that replace blood sugar pinpricks for monitoring diabetes. That is the future of today's mHealth technologies, according to healthcare experts and industry watchers, and it could all come about in less than a decade, writes Christine Morgan in an article at high50.
The key to advancing mobile health technology into mainstream patient care is closing the gap that exists between health data and care coordination by reconfiguring workflow processes related to patient care, according to IBM's Dan Pelino.