Posted by:Monica Samuel March 31st, 2013
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The May 2014 deadline is coming closer and medical providers in USA are looking at ways to improve patient engagement systems to comply with the federal regulations under the ONC Meaningful Use Phase 2 (MU2). However, the primary challenge appears to be physicians’ resistance to an economic model that reduces their income as well as the outdated technological expertise of hospital IT.

A new Accenture survey of 3,700 doctors from Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States reveals that:

  • 82% practitioners want patients to participate in their healthcare by updating their electronic health records (EHR)
  • Only 31% believe patients should have full access to their records
  • 65% believe limited access should be acceptable
  • 4% think patients should not have access to their EHR at all
  • 49% believe full access to healthcare records is necessary for effective patient care
  • Only 21% currently allow patients online access to their EHR
According to the Clinical Innovation & Technology report from the ECRI Institute, the top technology issues for 2013 are:
  • EHR systems
  • Mobile health tools
  • Alarm integration technology
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Imaging and surgery
  • PET/MR
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Supply chain
  • Radiation dose safety
  • Lung cancer screenings
The report also talked about the lack of evidence available on the money saving value of mobile device technology in healthcare. This is one of the causes of the slow adoption of new mobile technologies in the field. Another major reason is the lack of expertise and knowledge in hospital IT. The very people tasked with the responsibility of creating mobile solutions to support hospitals and practitioners are not proficient in latest technology, implementations, and backend integration mechanisms.

At the same time, patient security norms and federal regulations are critical in this field, adding to the complexity of developing reliable, secure, and user-friendly applications. Hospital IT’s approach is similar to how enterprise IT views BYOD.

This is where third party mobile application development companies can engage with hospitals to create highly usable, intuitive, and relevant mobile applications for healthcare – for patients, clinicians, doctors, and hospital systems.

According to Galen Gruman on InfoWorld, there is a lot of difference between the vision and realities of technology use in patient healthcare. He concludes this from his observations at HIMSS. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is an NPO that provides global leadership on the use of technology and management solutions for better healthcare.

Gruman saw IT solutions being exhibited that enable patients to access patient portals, make appointments, view and refill prescriptions, and view lab tests (without medical interpretation). However, they not have online consultations, engagement with doctors, patient health record integration, integration with their personal health monitoring apps or devices, access to multiple practitioners or specialists, or even full access to their medical records.

When it comes to legal and economic issues, the MU2 regulations are vague. However, the outlook of mobile technology in healthcare is bright. The start may be slow but that’s how any major change kicks off – skepticism, resistance, experimentation, adoption, and finally, success.

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