As a patient progresses through the healthcare delivery system, poor communication and lack of real-time data at the point of care limits efficiencies for the patient and the provider. Improving communication through mobile health tools can change these dynamics and improve the experience for all stakeholders.
“Understanding the challenges and opportunities involved in providing better information at the point of care is how mobile technology is changing the rules of the game,” said David Collins, MHA, CPHQ, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, senior director, health information systems, HIMSS North America.
Collins cited a 2014 HRI Clinician Workforce Survey from PriceWaterhouseCoopers where 45% of survey respondents (physicians, physicians specializing in chronic diseases, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) said they access the electronic health record on a mobile device, an increase from 12% in the 2010 HIR Physician Survey. “With more clinicians relying on mHealth and recognizing its value, it is increasingly crucial they have access to realistic perspectives and insights from their peers. HIMSS and our mHealth community offer those materials.”
“These are the type of resources that are going to provide guidance and understanding of what is actionable in today’s mHealth industry. The mHealth Committee, the mHealth Physician Task Force, and the What’s Next Work Group have put months of hard work into these deliverables, providing their insights and expertise”, said Robert Jarrin, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm Incorporated, and HIMSS volunteer mHealth Committee Chair.
1. The Role of Biosensors in Routine Practice: Biosensors provide positive impact in diagnosing, monitoring and maintaining health, including collection and analysis of that data for managing chronic conditions, including diabetes or congestive heart failure.
2. HIMSS Physician Focus Group: Perspectives on Telehealth Policy and Reimbursement: Often, reimbursement appears as a barrier to adoption of new and novel technologies, including mobile health. HIMSS organized a group of distinguished physicians to discuss the state of telehealth reimbursement, including:
- reimbursement issues;
- quality and patient safety; and
- ways to better leverage technology.
The focus group provided recommendations for telehealth, including state, federal, clinical, educational and financial opportunities.
3. HIMSS mHealth Physician Task Force – Executive Brief Series (4 briefs)
- Remote Patient Monitoring: Evolution, Behavior Change, Reimbursement, Biosensors, Clinical Examples: Physicians will learn more about the benefit of integrating remote patient monitoring (RPM) into their practice models.
- Remote Patient Monitoring: Barriers to adoption, including security concerns: With arealistic perspective of the current barriers, avoid or overcome these barriers before implementation, and ultimately, realize the benefits of RPM and digital health.
- Entry Into Acute Care: A growing body of literature supports mHealth’s role in improving patients’ health before, during, and after an acute care visit. mHealth can achieve these lofty goals by facilitating patients’ understanding of the decision to visit the emergency department, improving communication during a visit, and improving health literacy and behavior change after a visit.
- Mobile technology selection to support care transitions: With the growing financial incentives to reduce readmissions and the burgeoning of mobile apps, an increasing need exists to apply systematic approaches to simplify the selection and comparison of different technologies for care transitions.
4. HIMSS Mobile “Value” Survey (conducted by HIMSS Analytics): According to survey results, “…Finally, clinicians were optimistic that use of smartphones/tablet computers will positively impact the delivery of patient care. For instance,
- One-third of clinicians indicated that use of smartphones/tablet computers would create overall efficiencies in care, such as eliminating redundancies in care.
- One-third of respondents also indicated that use of these devices could have a positive impact on overall quality of care and care coordination.”
“In healthcare, the most critical and fundamental process is communication, whether among providers or between clinicians and patients. These tools and resources help everyone involved in our healthcare system to communicate in a safer, convenient, and effective manner,” said Thomas Martin, PhD, director, health information systems, HIMSS North America.