| Harnessing the Value of mHealth for Your Organization |
An estimated 200 million health-related applications are already in use globally.
In addition, baby boomers will likely expand the mobile health IT market to $4.6billion by 2014 and to $12 billion by 2020, according to research rom the EnterpriseForum o the Northwest. This group is interested in tech-enabled health andwellness products or personal use, and smartphones may represent the bestopportunity since boomers already represent one-third o all smartphone users.
Today’s mHealth Is a Multifunctional, Multimedia Environment
What is exciting (and dierent) about this generation o mHealth is thesynergistic combination o smart device value-add capabilities (camera, GPS,video chat, blue tooth connectivity to medical and home devices, high deinitionand larger screens, advanced processing capabilities, etc.) matched withinnovative sotware applications that can supplement or even replace traditionalhealthcare processes. The possibilities and potential value to healthcare aresigniicant. A recent research report,
The Future of Healthcare: It’s Health, thenCare
, described numerous examples o mHealth innovations — ranging romwellness tracking to earlier diagnosis and treatment monitoring — all supportinga growing healthcare ecosystem that promotes improved health outcomes orindividuals, communities and medical research.
For care providers there are two emerging app trends: apps that much moreeasily extend and enhance access to their clinical inormation systems and thosethat provide niche unctionality that incorporates smart mobility technology andmedical attachments in some cases. These solutions take delivery o inormationto a new plateau o utility. For example, they can push content based oncustomized proiles, substitute 3D images and animation or text and still imagecontent, and enhance e-mail with video. They also support new, more eicientand eective ways o delivering care (e.g., mobile ultrasound, mobile radiologyviewers). Both “extender” and niche apps can reside on the same device and,with appropriate integration and security, they can work in concert to bring caresupport to a new level. Table 1 provides an overview o the care providerapplication categories with examples o currently available apps.
Table 1: mHealth Application Types and Examples or Providers
Application Type for CareProvidersExamples
Medical inormation, images andnews
— release o medical researchwith mobile app; Medpage
— research and medicalnews push
: Blausen’s medical Human Atlas with 3Danimation and illustration, 3D4 Medical muscle systemwith ability to view dierent muscle layers
Diagnostic tools usingsmartphone capabilities andmedical device attachmentsto diagnose patient healthproblems
Radiology Image review
: ResolutionMD Stroke DX
and palm-sized MRI developed atMassachusetts General Hospital
Visit and communication tools
: Dragon Nuance or iPhone
: iPhone FaceTime
and AndroidVideo Chat
Provider messaging in hospital
Application suites and EHRs
Physician clinical inormation system
unctionalitywith mobile apps that can be interaced to EHRs:PatientKeeper
EHR Mobile Extension
: EPIC’s Haiku
Mobility platorm with EHR integration capability
: CSCPatient In Your Pocket™ (view only)
Physician practice EHR built or mobile devices
and Clear Practice Eden
Today’s mHealth or consumers also oers a rich mix o apps and deviceattachments that can address a spectrum o health management issues, romitness to urgent care and disease monitoring. Blue tooth-enabled pedometers,scales, blood pressure cus and glucose readers are just a ew examples oattachments that expedite accurate data capture. Educational content is made
“The smartphone with its appsis the disruptive technology orpatient-sel management.” Forexample, using a smartphonebased diabetes monitoring app,patients’ A1C levels dropped bynearly 2.0 points.
(Source: LEF The Future of Healthcare: It’sHealth, then Care, LEF, 2010.)