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Mobile health apps don't always follow conventional wisdom

Mobile health apps don't always follow conventional wisdom | Telehealth News | Scoop.it

Propaganda and non-truths abound all around the Internet saying that mobile health apps are everything from a threat to Big Pharma to a way to save billions of dollars in healthcare costs. There may be a future for mobile apps but a lot of work is yet to be done.

 

Last year I led some market research into mobile apps across all demographic segments and several disease conditions. While we did uncover some opportunities for mobile health we also learned that patients are very finicky about what they want in health apps and even more finicky about being reminded of their health conditions.

 

We found, for example, that type 1 diabetics are open to mobile apps that help them better manage their diabetes. This was especially true for caregivers of type 1 diabetics but when it came to apps to help type 2 diabetics manage their health there was a lot of pushback such as “I don’t want to be reminded that I have diabetes” and “I don’t want to have to consult my phone to choose what to eat from the menu.”

 

In younger demographics we found that people were more likely to download health apps that helped them make healthier choices in their lifestyles. However the key for these people, since they are tech savvy, is to ensure that the health apps are up to date and provide real value as they define value.

Now what about apps that remind patients to stay compliant with medications? Wrong answer. The last thing patients wanted was their smartphones buzzing with a reminder to take their medication because they found it intrusive and they also had privacy issues with it.

 

In my opinion, the future of mobile health is not via smartphone but in devices that patients can use at home to monitor everything from blood pressure to their heart. Patients would use these devices at home and then the devices would wirelessly send the data to either their PC for collection or to their doctor. Physicians would then be able to communicate with patients about the results via email or in person.

 

Does this mean that there isn’t a market for mobile health apps? No, not at all. What it means is that if pharma wants to get serious about mobile health they are going to have to integrate the level of expertise needed to ensure these apps are user friendly and have utility for their target audience not to mention the back end analytics to measure the impact and keep the apps up to date.


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3 Simple Goals Physicians Should Set when Communicating with Patients

3 Simple Goals Physicians Should Set when Communicating with Patients | Telehealth News | Scoop.it

As patients and their families are faced with higher deductibles they will start demanding higher quality in their healthcare. Physicians can stand out by striving to keep these three simple goals in mind when communicating with their patients.

 

Educate – A physician educating a patient is nothing new but incorporating it into your EMR and social media campaign is a foreign idea to many physicians. The day of a doctor pulling out a paper handout from a file cabinet that has been copied so many times it is difficult to read is over. These days I can write a blog on the symptoms of diabetes and then direct my patients there by email, text, or QR codes in the exam room. I can even use the power of my EMR in conjunction with an automated messaging service to send a reminder to all my uncontrolled diabetics to watch their sugars more closely with tips that I design.


Inform – As more patients and their families are using smart phones and mobile devices, shouldn’t physicians change the way we inform patients with important information? I should be able to text patients and let them know that a prescription has been filled or that their labs are back and have been reviewed.


Remind – As the population ages, more kids are going to become involved with their parents’ healthcare. To streamline communication healthcare providers will want to create simple, automated reminders for appointments. As for a social media campaign, you will be able to remind patients of services offered as well mention upcoming events or other special announcements.


By keeping a focused approach to your social media and communication strategies you will show your patients that you care.


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Telehealth on mobiles rolling out to thousands of patients in Somerset

Telehealth on mobiles rolling out to thousands of patients in Somerset | Telehealth News | Scoop.it
Touchscreen phones with remote monitoring capabilities will be offered to NHS Somerset patients with chronic lung disease, heart disease and diabetes...
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Telemedicine forecast: Mobile and clouds with a strong chance of video

Telemedicine forecast: Mobile and clouds with a strong chance of video | Telehealth News | Scoop.it

Cisco's Ash Shehata sees video and cloud computing transforming the delivery of healthcare information.

 

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Telehealth benefits could include NHS cost-savings of £1.2bn

Telehealth benefits could include NHS cost-savings of £1.2bn | Telehealth News | Scoop.it
Using telehealth technologies could mean savings of £1.2bn for the NHS.
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Telehealth in 30,000 patient aim

Telehealth in 30,000 patient aim | Telehealth News | Scoop.it

The NHS in Cornwall says it wants 30,000 patients in the county to use the remote health care system, Telehealth, over the next five years.

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How Mobile, Cloud, Are Transforming Healthcare - The BrainYard - InformationWeek

How Mobile, Cloud, Are Transforming Healthcare - The BrainYard - InformationWeek | Telehealth News | Scoop.it
Spurred by a combination of government incentives and aging technology, healthcare is entering an IT renaissance with mobile and cloud technologies at the center.
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Telehealth and Telemedicine | Whitepaper download

Telehealth and Telemedicine | Whitepaper download | Telehealth News | Scoop.it

Whitepaper download outlining the benefits and challenges of secure data in the context of #telehealth and #telemedicine solutions.

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Smart Rapid-Diagnostics-Test (RDT) Reader on a Cellphone

Early diagnosis of infectious diseases is crucial Smart Rapid-Diagnostics-Test Reader on a Cellphone http://t.co/W0W3dnst #mhealth #ehealth #mobile #telehealth

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American Well, Consult A Doctor Unveil iPhone Telehealth Apps - Health Care IT - News & Reviews

American Well, Consult A Doctor Unveil iPhone Telehealth Apps - Health Care IT - News & Reviews | Telehealth News | Scoop.it
American Well's new Online Care 6.0 platform adds mobile functionality, and Consult A Doctor is demonstrating a new telehealth app for the iPhone.
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Will the Future Need Doctors?

Will the Future Need Doctors? | Telehealth News | Scoop.it
The following is an Ignite talk delivered at Tim O’Reilly’s 2012 Health Foo – Microsoft Research Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts. As I see technology advancing around me, I think about what’s going to become of the physician.
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Think Social Media and Healthcare don’t mix? WRONG!

Think Social Media and Healthcare don’t mix? WRONG! | Telehealth News | Scoop.it

Dan Bowman, in a recent article, quotes a family physician who feels social media has no place in healthcare. He asserts busy physicians don’t have time to add yet another technology to their already busy schedules. I see his point, but I have to challenge this.


Social media, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and many other sites has drastically changed the way people (a.k.a patients) communicate with each other. Accountable care, population management, and chronic disease management activities are all about enhanced communication with patients. It would be borderline negligent to ignore social media as a vehicle to enhance this communication.


Patients have been trained from birth to delegate their healthcare decisions to their physicians. Most completely ignore healthcare issues and activities until they get too sick to overlook their healthcare trajectories. Reaching and training these patients before their disease becomes chronic is needed desperately to improve outcomes.


I can see a scenario where Facebook threads between the care team and the patient are used as reminders, updates, and information gathering tools for patient data. There is far less cost to train one or five care providers than to encourage hundreds of patients to learn a new system. Facebook is sticky. Today’s model is to build a patient portal site that requires patients to actively connect, sign-on, and interact. Most of them only do this when they have a specific need. Since they are already actively using Facebook, why not build sites that meet them on their own turf? This can still be done securely, easy to use, and relatively quickly.


Physicians have a great opportunity to market their services and reach their patients if they embrace Twitter. The key here is to build a following. Twitter is based on sending small sound bites to a group of followers. Followers are people who have chosen to listen to what the sender has to say.

 

This is a marketer’s dream that the healthcare industry should consider embracing. Once a physician has built a group of followers, they should post links to wellness and diet tips, new practice offerings, and other general health improvement ideas. These posts will be immediately received by a list of patients who want to receive this kind of information.


Physicians who are too busy to learn about social media are missing a giant opportunity to educate and reach patients on their terms. The good news is some of this can be delegated. Hire an intern who already knows these tools and let them build an outreach. Assign this to a computer savvy administrator.


Social media has the potential to make a huge impact on healthcare. With some creative thinking, they not only mix, but can be a catalyst to drastically change patient motivation and interaction.


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Teleheath: Would you trust this machine to act as your GP?

Teleheath: Would you trust this machine to act as your GP? | Telehealth News | Scoop.it
Known as telehealth, this is how the Government hopes health will be managed at home: not in the future, but from now.
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Imagine a World Where mHealth, Telemedicine and EMRs Integrated Seamlessly | HealthWorks Collective

Imagine a World Where mHealth, Telemedicine and EMRs Integrated Seamlessly | HealthWorks Collective | Telehealth News | Scoop.it

New announcements regarding mobile apps for remote monitoring from the American Telemedicine Association's 2012 conference

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The Domino Chip

The Domino chip is capable of performing 20 genetic tests from a single drop of blood. Video courtesy of Alex Stickel.

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Telehealth tool could improve behavioral healthcare for soldiers - FierceHealthIT

A new tool designed to supplement online mental health counseling will help improve telehealth efforts to service members and veterans. The tool--created by Charlestown, Mass.-based Cogito Read more...
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John Packham: Telehealth connects experts to rural physicians

John Packham: Telehealth connects experts to rural physicians | Telehealth News | Scoop.it

The health care barriers faced by rural residents of Nevada are daunting. Rural populations tend to be older and in poorer health, with higher rates of obesity and harmful habits, such as tobacco use.

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UK telehealth saves lives and money | eHealthspace

UK telehealth saves lives and money | eHealthspace | Telehealth News | Scoop.it

The results are in on how the UK is doing telehealth, and the numbers are staggering. Will Turner reports.

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E-Health and Telemedicine in Afghanistan

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) works to build a sustainable health system for Afghanistan at all levels from basic rural healthcare to tertiary level hospital services.
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