Next Big Opportunity in Healthcare IT: Mobility

Today smartphones and tablets are aiding doctors in providing healthcare and keeping us fit. Mobility has brought about a paradigm shift in the Healthcare industry by providing a patient centric and value based delivery model.

In a study by Telenor and Boston Consulting Group, “Socio-Economic Impact of mHealth,” it was found that the smartphone is the most popular device among doctors since the stethoscope. There are many such studies done by various groups with each underpin the increasingly important role played by mobile technology in patient care and healthcare administration.

Mobile HealthSome early adopters have leveraged mobility for healthcare successfully:

  • Stony Brook University Medical Centre, New York
  • Integrated a smartphone messaging system with hospital contact center, emergency notification and on-call scheduling
  • Mobile clinical assistant (MCA) Devices produce more complete and current medical records
  • Enables consulting neurologists at Mayo Clinic to view records and CT and MRI images on smartphones and other medical devices
  • At Georgetown University Hospital Surgeons carried iPADs in clear xRay film bags into the OR for easy access to CT and MRI images during surgery
  • 75000 patients at the Cutter Pacific Medical Foundation, CA can access medical records using a smartphone application
  • Major medical schools including Stanford and University of California, Irvine are issuing iPADs to all incoming medical students

Here’s a small sneak peek into how mobile strategy can be leveraged into various functional areas on today’s care management.

Care Management – Functional areas

Application use cases

Clinical process support
  • Clinical documentation
  • Order Management
  • Best-practice evidence-based guidelines
  • Medication administration
General health and wellness support
  • Appointment reminders
  • Diet tracking logs
  • Dietary suggestions based on calorie counters or exercise suggestions
Administrative and general office
  • Appointments
  • Billing and billing code determination Inventory
  • Collecting patient histories to replace paper-based entry
  • Insurance claims data collection
Electronic medical records
  • Digital files of patient treatment records

Mobile dashboards for gap analysis