4 Reasons why mHealth will be the new normal in Healthcare

While many people feel the move to mobile health may be simply a fad, I believe it will become the new normal in healthcare. Here’s why:

#1 Hospitals are all about motion

Have you ever been to a hospital where everyone and everything wasn’t in constant motion? Patients, clinicians and equipment; everything is always on the move and in a hurry! But for the past few decades, we have designed technologies that require the user to sit and type at a workstation. At rest is not the natural state of a hospital. It also radically alters the natural workflows of everyone who must use these tethered systems. Mobile Health is the natural solution to this problem. It allows clinicians, clerks, maintenance, housekeeping and everyone else to stay on the move and still leverage all the benefits of technology.

#2 Physicians and nurses are in short supply

So is their time. It’s important to ensure that their time and efforts are maximized. Giving them the tools they need to care for more patients and provide better quality care is the key. Why is this important? Retention. While these have always been stressful occupations, the past several years have placed a greater and greater burden on fewer and fewer people in these roles. Making their workday more satisfying and less stressful benefits everyone.

#3 Patient engagement

The opportunities presented with mobile Health to innovate and re-imagine patient engagement not only between clinician and patient but also between the patient and their own health data is unprecedented. Home care, remote patient monitoring, adherence, tele-medicine, PHRs, prescribed apps, the list of opportunities is endless.

#4 Time

Untethering nurses from the nursing station allows them to spend more time providing quality and personal care at the bedside. Delivering results directly to clinicians via mobile devices may save critical time delays for providing a diagnosis to save a life. Mobile Health when implemented correctly should provide a return on time that can be invested in care. Speeding up technology allows clinicians to slow down, think, communicate and engage more often and more effectively.

 



2 Responses to “4 Reasons why mHealth will be the new normal in Healthcare”

  1. Not only patient engagement, but patient-centered care. Mobiles enable patients and doctors to gather and analyze health data specific to one individual. Mobile technology is moving us away from treatment and care based on averages, and towards individual-level assessments. That personalization of care is made possible by self-reporting applications that enable patients to manage their own health in the palm of their hand. That personal data can also be transmitted directly to their physician for consistent monitoring and evaluation. One step further, however, is the passively-collected data on an individual’s location, activity levels, sleep patterns, etc. Tools already built-into mobile phones, or wearable devices that use the mobile phone as a gateway, make it possible for health practitioners to pinpoint behavioral and disease biomarkers, enabling diagnosis and patient monitoring like never before. We believe patient-specific care and treatment will become the norm as a result of mobile technology, replacing our current model of generalized health care.

  2. Kevin Magee says:

    I’ve been testing a few sleep monitoring apps and will be posting a review soon. It’s quite amazing what can be one with an iPhone and some real innovation.

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