M-HEALTH: MOBILE DEVICES WILL HELP DELIVER BETTER CARE FOR LESS
Indeed, it’s likely that m-health will be at the heart of innovative solutions that could ultimately redefine healthcare delivery.
- Digital Transformation of Care Delivers Benefits
- M-Health is Growing Worldwide
- Yet There Are Barriers to M-Health
- M-Health Can Boost the Economy
- SUPPORTING PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
- Turning Patients into Active Participants
- CONTRIBUTING TO MORE EFFICIENT HEALTHCARE
- ACCELERATING THE ADOPTION OF M-HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Reducing unnecessary consultations. Delivering care through better planning. Helping professionals to receive better training and guidance on treatment and medications. These are just some of the ways the EU has recognized that m-health may contribute to a more efficient healthcare system.
SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
Use of tablet computers and other mobile devices isn’t limited to patients. Healthcare professionals and paramedic staff could save up to thirty percent of their time spent on accessing and analysing information, according to the European Commission. If supported by real-time communication with patients, for example, through the exchange of data from user applications, the healthcare workforce could be used more efficiently.
MORE EFFICIENT SYSTEMS
In light of shrinking healthcare resources, the EU is also calling for more efficient healthcare initiatives. These include more remote medical and care interventions, conducted by doctors at a distance or by the patients themselves through use of monitoring and reporting systems. This could reduce hospitalizations. It may also offer a more efficient method of managing chronic disease by making it allowing even allowing patients to stay at home. The payoff? Improved patient comfort and significantly reduced healthcare costs.
Data generated by m-health will also help healthcare authorities. Thanks to huge data sets, public health institutions will have a more accurate and holistic picture of patient illness and behavior. This will allow for better analysis, targeting and efficiency in the long run. These benefits are within reach, provided stakeholders work together to ensure the data collected is properly secured and patients’ privacy is carefully protected.
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.