Why mHealth is Important For Hospitals
The latest surge of digital health including, Telehealth, Telemedicine, Telepsychology and Mobile Health are slowly becoming a part of all hospitals and medical practices. However, everyone needs to adapt to this new form of technology as it is positively changing the world of healthcare.
Here are 5 reasons why mHealth is especially important for hospitals to consider and adapt:
1. High Readmission Rates: The FDA reports that one in five elderly patients are readmitted to the hospital 30 days after discharge due to confusion over medication and exactly what needs to be done in terms of care at the home. “mHealth and remote patient monitoring can help change this by identifying health issues when they are most treatable to avoid an expensive hospital stay.”
2. Successful Pilot Programs: “Hospitals and technology companies conduct pilot programs to remotely monitor patients after they’re discharged.”
3. Readmissions Research: Once again, the medical world turns to the use of smartphones to help patients, as this is the most widely used form of technology. “A recent Mayo Clinic study reported that using a smartphone app during cardiac rehabilitation can reduce hospital readmissions.”
4. Electronic Health Record Integration: “The fact that popular electronic health records now integrate data from remote monitoring devices demonstrates that they’re gaining mainstream acceptance.”
5. Population Health: mHealth provides patients with the correct information to treat chronic diseases from their own home. “Health technology also supports population health initiatives by providing people with information to help them manage chronic health conditions, such as such as diabetes, heart disease and COPD.”
All of these reasons are exactly why mHealth needs to be initiated and practiced at all hospitals.