Benefits and Risks of Mobile Health IT

Below is a guest blog from Mathew Taylor, ICT Solutions Strategist & Architect at Intel Corporation, who will be speaking at next week’s Hospital Cloud Forum in New York City.

We live in a mobile world, and healthcare technology is moving in that direction as well. Access to laptops, tablets, smart phones, and electronic medical devices, can play a key role in enabling better care with improved efficiency.

Virtual collaborative services, chronic disease management, and patient education are just three examples of how mobility shifts the healthcare delivery model towards higher quality care at lower cost.

The ability for health professionals to have remote access from anywhere to health data and to be able to share that data securely with patients AND other providers has great value. The latest personal mHealth app may inspire, but the ability for patients and health workers of varying skill levels to collaborate to achieve coordinated care is needed to support long-term improved outcomes, reducing office visits, admissions, and readmissions.

However, mobility requires you to think carefully about your target usage scenarios, like being able to view medical records and imaging data while securely sharing screens. Ensuring devices have the needed performance, security, and manageability to deliver a productive and secure user experience is critical. The 2012 Ponemon Institute survey on Patient Privacy & Data Security shows that the average organization in its study has lost $2.4 million over the last two years due to data breaches, so look for the latest encryption and anti-theft features.

So, as you continue to explore the best uses of mobility, educate yourself to understand what devices can best meet your needs. I encourage you to learn how to choose the right mobile point of care device, protect hand-held devices, and protect data on stolen laptops with anti-theft technology.

Next week on April 16, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion about mobility. If you are in the New York area, come be a part of the Hospital Cloud Forum at the Union League Club in New York City and sit in on the panel, mHealth: Balancing the Benefits and Risks.

What questions do you have about mobility in healthcare IT?