"There's a very low threshold for failure when it comes to securing that data and protecting the privacy of the individuals involved," he said. "We are doctors first, and preserving that trust is typically the number one priority." "Partners has been a leading force in balancing safety and security with the raw potential of marrying this technology to large datasets. They've created governance structures that have been creating case law around how you deal with the demand or desire for data from both internal and external parties."
The continuing growth in mobile medical innovations brings a major disruption in healthcare delivery and management closer than ever. The era of virtual healthcare, dominated by telemedicine, digital diagnostics and remote monitoring, is coming. The first phase has included fitness wearables that monitor heart rates, remind us to work out or tell us how many steps we've taken that day. According to Percolate, the number of wearable devices is forecasted to increase more than sixfold between 2015 and 2020. PwC Health Research Institute's "Top health industry issues of 2016" revealed that health-related mobile app adoption doubled in two years, with nearly one-third of consumers having at least one health, fitness or medical app on their smartphone.
Anyone who has visited their doctor knows that scheduling an appointment is usually difficult to nail down to a convenient time, and even worse, is the overwhelming paperwork that must be filled out before your appointment time. In almost every case, the office asks the patient to come in at least 15 to 20 minutes early just to fill out paperwork that has already been filled out many times before, but in different offices. This repetitive and wasteful duplication is unnecessary. Since your medical records are stored digitally in electronic format, it should be easy to simply hit a button and send your records to a physician who is seeing you for the first time, but it is not. It can take days or even weeks for the records to be transferred to your new doctor or specialist and in the interim, the patient is asked to waste almost a half hour filling out forms with information that is already on the system.
Today, mobile devices are disrupting each and every industry in the world, and healthcare is no exception, where all the solutions are united under the common concept of mHealth. This notion embraces the combination of mobile devices, wearables, cloud platforms, and the Internet of Things, empowering healthcare processes with higher productivity, better information access and improved responsiveness. For all the diversity of mobile healthcare solutions, many still think the market is limited to fitness tracking apps and wearables. However, mHealth has gone the extra mile, disrupting diverse areas of care, and is expected to make up $46.2 billion by 2021. Let's see what has changed in medicine since mobile innovation stepped in.
As patients are bombarded with more choice and information than ever, the burdened health system seems to lack the appropriate support to manage increasing demands for personalized and convenient care. Today's infographic comes to us from Publicis Health, and it demonstrates how electronic health records are an important piece in the puzzle to improve experiences for patients and providers alike. As it stands, the current healthcare industry faces several challenges. Patients today have more complex needs and wants, while physicians are struggling to keep up. Adding to these challenges, the healthcare industry is grappling with significant amounts of technological change, while also trying to keep costs in check.