5 Ways How Mobile Health Can Change Healthcare
Mobile Health (mHealth) is changing the world of healthcare today, truly embracing the digital spectrum. Here are 5 ways:
1. Mobile real-time HCAHPS surveys: The government has instituted a survey system for all hospital patients describing their satisfaction. However, there is a huge delay of the survey results and their publication to the public and other hospitals. This is where mHealth comes in. There are apps that allow the patients to complete the survey in real-time providing doctors with instantly actionable data.
2. Point of service mobile patient education tools: Digital healthcare content needs to be delivered to patients in an easy-to-understand manner. “The investment in patient education tools will likely result in improved risk management (decreasing lawsuits), improve patient adherence to medications and instructions, and allow for caregivers to have access to the information.”
3. Video consultations: Video consultations using platforms like SnapMD telemedicine technology allow patients to see their doctor or healthcare provider from the comfort of their own home, without waiting in an office or not being seen due to constraints like limited appointment times or office space. Venture capitalists are investing millions of dollars into the telemedicine technology sector to allow HIPPA compliant video consultations from virtually any smartphone.
4. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) with lay interpretations for patients and caregivers: Remote patient monitoring is defined as, “technology to enable monitoring of patients outside of conventional clinical settings (e.g. in the home), which may increase access to care and decrease healthcare delivery costs.” With RPM, doctors can easily monitor their patients from a simple app on a mobile device or tablet without needing patients to travel to their offices. RPM can not only save time and money for patient and doctor.
5. Utilization in clinical trials: If apps and real-time data entry are incorporated into clinical trials, utilization of mobile, digital healthcare can result in higher retention rates of participants.
“Telemedicine and Mobile Health will truly change and enhance healthcare delivery in the long run,” says co-founder of SnapMD, George Tierney. “These technologies are not a silver bullet for the many issues found with access and delivery of healthcare, however they can play an enormous part in driving down costs and improving quality of care.”
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