Mobile Health (mhealth)
Healthcare has always been a major cause of concern for individuals, communities, organizations, and governmental entities in the United States due to shortage of healthcare professionals, prevalence of lifestyle diseases and growing aging population. The current U.S. spending on health care is roughly around 16.9% of GDP.
Many of the challenging issues related to rising healthcare costs can be cut down by selecting and implementing proper information technology tools which can provide a reliable mechanism for improved communication between health care providers and patients.
The latest addition in this domain is Mobile Health (commonly called mHealth) which has already begun to transform health delivery system. mHealth involves using wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS/3G, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, and so on to transmit and enable various eHealth data contents and services. Usually these are accessed by the health worker through devices such as mobile phones, smart phones, PDAs, laptops and tablet PCs.
We have seen a number of trends in mHealth space lately. In fact, with every passing day, a new trend is observed in this sector. With our team of experts professional, we have the capacity and capability to introduce new technology in the new segment of Healthcare industry.
Some of the common mHealth technologies include the following:
- Drug databases
- Medical calculators
- Reference programs
- Decision support for both physicians and nurses
- Documentation tools (EMR entries, dictation capturing, etc.)
- Capturing vital signs and health symptom tracking (weight, blood pressure, etc.)
- Patient history accessing, managing, and documenting
- Learning (continuing educational tools)
- Practice tools
- Communication managers
- Financial tools (coding, eligibility determination, etc.)
The mHealth market operates on the presumption that technology alone in health care sector has great potential to promote a better health communication. This will eventually lead to achieving healthy lifestyles, improving decision-making by both health care professionals and patients and perhaps enhancing healthcare communication in places where this was not possible before. Thus, mHealth will lead to cost containment and better health outcomes in the longer run.
Efforts are in progress on how Healthcare and technologies can improve health outcomes as well as generate cost savings in different countries. Overall, it can be said that mHealth applications are instrument that plays a crucial role in supporting existing workflows within the health sector and between the health sector and the general public. In this area of interest, the mHealth can play an important role in the market by providing the following functions:
- Betterment of entire process of information sharing between patient and healthcare service provider
- Great ability to track diseases and subsequently diagnose
- Information is perfectly mobile and people can share for improvement in services
- Development of entire community by means of medical education and training for healthcare professionals
The addition of mHealth in healthcare has certainly been well accepted by the market and the future looks very bright positive. The fact that one can use applications on the go and their refined ergonomics undoubtedly contributes to their success.
However, there is one cause of concern prevailing at current status i.e. wireless carriers are not sure of suitable mHealth business models and thus they have not yet made significant efforts to place their stamp on the industry. What is holding them back is that they are not clear about medical reimbursement rates for mHealth services and devices.
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