mHealth: Here’s What You May Have Missed

mHealth Here's What You May Have MissedHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this past week.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a draft report that puts forward a proposed strategy and recommendations for a health information technology (health IT) framework. Per the details shared during a joint media briefing yesterday, the framework in question aims to promote “product innovation” while maintaining “appropriate patient protections” and avoiding regulatory duplication.

Like a runaway train, the global healthcare IT market isn’t losing steam by any stretch of the imagination. A new report from Global Industry Analysts (GIA) projects that the worldwide market for Healthcare IT will reach $66 billion by 2020, driven by strong emphasis on improving profitability of healthcare institutions, increasing demand for quality healthcare services, and growing acceptance of mhealth and ehealth practices.

Now that healthcare providers are working on Stage 2 Meaningful Use, they are required to take a closer look at their EHR compliance and governance polices. What makes this particularly challenging is that 40% of healthcare providers do not currently utilize EHRs. Of the 60% that do, only 63% have the required multidisciplinary committee or advisory board in place.

Social media has not only emerged as a valuable resource for patients and healthcare providers to connect and communicate, it has also proven a powerful channel for helping clinicians land work.

Healthcare is rapidly evolving, and more than ever, hospitals are under extreme pressure to continuously identify ways to improve performance and justify every expense. In this type of environment, technological innovation alone will not prove sufficient. Instead, making sure technology is successfully implemented and processes are streamlined to ensure adoption and maximize value becomes the currency of improvement.

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