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Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Smart Devices, Wireless |

mHealth adoption – what’s in it for the Patient ?

mHealth adoption – what’s in it for the Patient ?

Over the past couple of weeks we have been looking into what are the big drivers for stakeholders in the Healthcare ecosystem to adopt mHealth. What’s in it for the patient ? 3 words – more patient engagement.  What does an “engaged” patient translate into ? Simply put, the engaged patient is more aware of his condition, and knows what lifestyle changes to make – which in turn ultimately leads to better chances of staying healthy. How can mHealth help here ? As an example, let’s assume a patient who has been diagnosed with diabetes recently is advised by the clinic to use a mobile “Wellness” app along with his medications. The said app also has the capability to collect readings of his vitals (BP, Heart rate, Temperature) and specific readings like blood glucose levels. The app is able to do this as its been integrated with say a wrist monitor for BP, a heart rate monitor and so on. Similarly for the sugar levels, the app may be...

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Enterprise Mobility, Smart Devices, Wireless | 0 comments

Trends in mHealth adoption … Continued

Trends in mHealth adoption … Continued

In my previous post, we had looked at the mHealth adoption trend which talked about “improving efficiency” across the board – be it Pharma/Lifesciences entities or Providers. The next trend that is rapidly gaining attention is to Improve Clinical and Patient Outcomes. Clinical/Patient outcomes are the result of providing care to a patient based on the disease or medical condition that needs to be cured. For example for a patient diagnosed with diabetes recently, the relevant outcome is to maintain his blood sugar at the right level so that the risk of developing other complications associated with diabetes are minimized. Examples of complications related to diabetes maybe renal failure, diabetic retinopathy, stroke and cardiovascular diseases. How do we ensure this outcome is reached and improve the percentage of patients who truly are able to reduce that risk ? In the context of diabetes, this can be achieved by enabling the areas outlined below : What is the patient’s current blood sugar level ? Induce the patient to measure the...

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Consumer Electronics, Enterprise Mobility, Smart Devices, Wireless | 0 comments

FAQ – Why mobile device and why mHealth?

FAQ – Why mobile device and why mHealth?

mHealth or mobile device driven healthcare delivery is slated as the next big wave amongst all the major stakeholders in the Healthcare ecosystem – Providers, Payers, Pharma and Lifesciences organizations. The typical mHealth benefits mentioned in various blogs, articles are: “Anytime Anywhere Access to Health Information”, “Physicians and nurses are always on the move and hence mobility”, “Most individuals have smartphones today and hence patient engagement can be greatly improved”, etc. These are all very valid and compelling reasons for the surge in mHealth. However, in our exchanges with various individuals in the health system (physicians, nurses, researchers, business development personnel, etc), we are frequently asked questions like – “Why mobile?”, “We have Mac stations and kiosks for patients, why do we need support for iPads and iPhones?” In augmentation to the typical mHealth benefits covered in various blogs and articles, listed below some scenarios that highlight benefits of mobility: Space benefits: Lots of situations requires e-engaging with a patient at the hospital premises. For e.g. asking a patient...

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Enterprise Mobility, Smart Devices, Wireless | 0 comments

Trends in mHealth adoption

Trends in mHealth adoption

mHealth which translates to mobile devices driven Healthcare delivery is already the next big wave amongst all the major stakeholders in the Healthcare ecosystem – Providers and Pharma/Lifesciences organizations. Providers include care givers like doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and other players that aid in healthcare delivery like EMR/EHR system vendors, medical device equipment manufacturers. How is mHealth being adopted by these stakeholders – in what form and what is the impact ? In the first part of this blog, we will attempt to seek answers to these questions by analysing some of the major trends in mHealth. mHealth Trend 1 : Improving efficiency – In the Healthcare Provider space, physicians and nurses are constantly challenged with increased patient volumes and the need to document their encounters with the patient, which is in turn driven by Healthcare regulatory reforms since Obama-care came into vogue since 2008. The EHRs/EMRs that are desktop based, thick client-server based applications that are still very commonly used across several hospitals/clinics have been designed back in...

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