This blog post was written by DICOM Grid CEO, Morris Panner, and originally published on HITECH Answers.
Mobile devices have transformed the way we communicate and conduct business. Some basic types of mobile healthcare (mHealth) solutions are already widely in use, and about 70% of Americans monitor health and wellness using apps like step and calorie counters. However, millions more are beginning to use mobile apps for access to medical information, monitoring of serious health conditions and as a secure method of communication between patients and physicians.
Healthcare professionals and patients alike recognize mHealth’s potential to dramatically improve clinical services and outcomes, but serious obstacles remain to widespread adoption of mHealth tools. Here are three major barriers:
Mobile’s potential for improving patient outcomes, expanding care team collaboration, and streamlining vital processes are virtually limitless. For example, DICOM Grid’s medical image management suite allows health systems to securely share diagnostic images with clinicians via the cloud to improve care coordination, enable second opinions without repeating costly scans and facilitate consultation from physicians despite geographical distance.
Disruptive new technologies are powering software that functions very much like a prescription, making technology-as-medicine a reality that can save lives and elevate overall population health. But before these possibilities can be fully realized, mHealth has to overcome barriers to acceptance. By investing in more research to demonstrate value, conducting patient outreach and driving greater acceptance with providers, mHealth can finally live up to its potential.