I have posted several blogs regarding Mobile Medicine as a relevant application that has value to both the end-user (patient) and company (doctor, hospital, and even insurance companies). In one of these blogs, Relevant Applications: Mobile Medicine takes the next step, I noted an article by Janet Lavelle on a new medical records application that would greatly help doctors get timely information directly to their smart mobile device (Medical Software May Take Leap Forward). Even though they are just in trials and have many hurdles to overcome (patient ID coordination and HIPAA compliance), this is a good step forward.
One of the issues that must be resolved is the acceptance by patients to be a part of the service. As noted in Siva Vaidhyanathan’s book “The Googlization of Everything,” the success of Google’s data collection and mining has been partly attributed to the Opt out model where the default is the least amount of profile privacy. Patients are not going to accept that way of managing their records and will create a large amount of resistance. Indeed, any cloud based Health application is going to have to comply to a much higher standard of security so that people will be willing to use these new services. Security is for another posting; so let’s presume for now that it is solved.
Now when patients are more accepting of these services, the benefits to healthcare are numerous. In addition to keeping doctors up to date with records as well as current patient vital statistics, the coordination of wireless capabilities and ubiquitous access of “cloud” storage and processing will allow for an efficient “wellness” and preventive care.
As I noted in Relevant Applications – Mobile Medicine, work is underway to develop wireless medicine applications that can continuously track vital signs that is connected via Bluetooth to your smart phone, remind people to take their medication, encourage them to engage in healthy behaviors and alert doctors and nurses when problems surface. When coupled with the “cloud” storage, the value of wireless enabled preventative healthcare is relevant to all parties in the healthcare (patient, doctor, hospital, and insurance company).
To name a few values:
- Cost containment – less duplication of records
- Cost containment – less need for reactive testing
- Cost containment – catching medical issues early so the heroic methods are less needed
- Improved patient care – better informed doctors and patients with latest information so that care and treatment can be most effective
- Improved patient care – more emphasis on wellness and preventative
- Improved patient care – long-term condition monitoring and trending rather than spot testing/treatment.
These quantifiable metrics can be used in understanding the business proposition of Mobile Health. These values need the “cloud” succeed. So, Health meet Cloud, Cloud meet Health.