The Promise Of Mobile Technology
Enabling Collaborative Care, Fulfilling Healthcare Reform
Unlike information technology preceding it, mobile technology’s adoption in healthcare has been rapid and broad. According to CompTIA, 81 percent of U.S. physicians use a smartphone in their work environment. A May 2012 study by Manhattan Research highlighted that physician tablet adoption reached 62 percent in 2012, with half of those physicians using their device at the point of care. While the phenomenon is largely a spillover from widespread consumer adoption, its promise and value for improving care are tangible. In the October 2012 report Advances in mHealth Technologies, Frost & Sullivan concluded that mobile health tools will become more ubiquitous across healthcare settings when they are leveraged to manage chronic and acute conditions.
As provisions of the Affordable Care Act – hospital re-admission penalties and accountable care participation – take effect, now more than ever mobile technology is poised to help all stakeholders benefi t from improved and safer care, better outcomes and a more effi cient, accessible healthcare system. Intel convened three industry leaders for a panel discussion on mobile technology’s impact on collaborative care and workfl ow in their renowned healthcare organizations. In the Intel Innovation Summit’s Collaborative Care: How Mobile Tools Help You Thrive in Healthcare Reform, moderated by Mark Blatt, MD, Worldwide Medical Director for Intel, the thought leaders offered their best practices and vision for connected care.
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