This post was first published in April 2015 on a sister site. We're reposting here for our readers as the original site is no longer active.
It’s been less than a week since HIMSS15, the annual conference conducted by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, wrapped up.
Boasting record-breaking attendance, participants also got a first look at HIMSS 2015 Mobile Technology Survey.
Here are 6 key findings that point to evolving industry trends.
1. Patient Engagement Increasingly Mobile, Yet Still a Struggle
Although nearly 90 percent of those surveyed maintain mobile devices in order to engage with their patients, it’s an ongoing struggle to engage them in an effective manner.
Seventy-three percent of respondents stated provider-patient engagement was most likely to occur through app-enabled portals. However, only 36 percent of providers reported this as a highly effective method of engagement.
2. More Organizations Measuring Impact of mHealth on Patient Care
The majority of organizations surveyed – 51 percent, in fact – stated that mHealth positively impacted patient care. The areas in which mHealth was most influential or helpful were remote ICUs, teleradiology services, and the coordination of continuum of care.
3. Access to Information is High Priority for Mobile Services
Nearly half (47 percent) of respondents noted that access to information is why mobile healthcare services rank as such a high priority. Similarly, the quicker turnaround and access were touted as benefits in a study about front-end speech recognition as well.
Despite the importance placed on mobile access though, less than 1 in 5 identified their “mobile technology environment as highly mature.”
4. Minimal EHR Data Capture
The survey showed that 67 percent of respondents capture at least some portion of mobile device data within their organization’s electronic health record (EHR). But less than 10 percent capture all mobile device data generated by practitioners.
Unfortunately, that means 33 percent aren't logging mobile data into their EHRs, possibly because their systems haven't been properly customized to their needs.
5. Alert Integration
Despite minimal EHR integration regarding mobile data capture, there is another area where integration is occurring. One-third of respondents stated that alerts sent to providers and/or care teams are captured and posted directly to the EHR. This is because the healthcare organization has created interfaces, allowing the EHR and other devices to communicate with each other.
6. Lack of Funding Remains Main Deterrent
Even though the majority of those surveyed expressed the importance of rolling out effective mHealth platforms, lack of funding continued to be the primary barrier, as identified by 51 percent of respondents.
Do you see any of these key findings within your organization? Please tell us in the comments below.