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Mobile Health Trends and Technology

Posted on December 19, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

While at the mHealth Summit 2012 in DC, I captured a couple videos to try and get an idea of the various mHealth trends that we’ve been seeing in 2012 and what we can expect from mobile health in 2013. Each video is quite short, but full of interesting thoughts on the mHealth industry.

The first two videos are with David Collins from mHIMSS. David has a unique insight since HIMSS has made a big entry into the mHealth space with their acquisition of the mHealth Summit.

In the first video, David Collins talks about the various mobile health trends he’s seen at the mHealth Summit.

In this second video, David Collins discusses some of the key findings from the recently published HIMSS Analytics mHealth survey results.

I also thought it was interesting to hear from Jonathon Dreyer from Nuance Communications to learn what trends he was seeing. Jonathon and Nuance have an interesting perspective since so many mHealth applications could benefit from voice integration. So, they have a unique view at what mHealth applications exist.

Plus, I have to throw in this video that Jonathon made that demonstrates the Nuance voice integration with mobile devices. Nuance actually created this “dummy” EMR system to demonstrate the capabilities of their mobile voice recognition API. I think this was a really smart move since the demo really does illustrate some of the voice capabilities that could be built into EMR software and all sorts of mobile health applications. The video isn’t the perfect demo of the product, but it definitely does give a great window on what could be done with voice recognition when integrated properly.

Tips For Doctors Entering the Social Media World

Posted on June 13, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about physicians and social media. Since then, I read another article about why physician’s should get involved. Mike Sevilla, M.D., a family physicians and blogger, listed six reasons and told his journey with social media over the years at the Connecting Healthcare + Social Media Conference a few weeks ago. The reasons he gave were:

1. To tell your story

2. To find a community

3. To express opinions and commentary

4. To discover what you are passionate about

5. To conduct social media marketing

6. To manage your online reputation and streamline your practice

The article I linked to goes into more details, but as I thought about it, these seemed like some very helpful tips. Let me talk about number six for awhile. When I was searching for a OB/GYN, and later, a pediatrician, I read pages and pages of reviews for doctors. It amazed me how many negative reviews were on there. I mean, some of they could have been justified, sure, but I felt bad for some of the doctors that might not have even known those reviews were out there and had no way to defend themselves. My doctor was incredible, but a few disgruntled patients wrote terrible reviews online about him, which probably pushed people away from going to him. If a doctor is involved with social media, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or even just reading comment boards, he or she may be able to defend their reputation, and then create a better image with their patients. I’ve found that when I’ve become friends with past teachers, employers, or co-workers, my opinion of them almost always changed. I saw that they were human — they had friends, family, likes, dislikes…everything.

I think a lot of these tips point to one thing — bettering your image and becoming involved. I think that’s great. There is definitely an art to social media, and not every doctor is going to be great at it. However, over at mHIMSS.com, web content producer for Healthcare IT News Michelle McNickle created a great list of 10 physicians to follow on Twitter. You can find more out about each of the site I just linked to, but for conveniences sake, here is the list:

1. Kevin Pho, MD — @kevinmd

2. Mike Sevilla, MD — @drmikesevilla

3. Val Jones, MD — @drval

4. Tim Sturgill, MD — @SymTym

5. Bertalan Meskó, MD — @berci

6. Shelley Binkley, MD — @healthewoman

7. Mark Browne, MD — @consultdoc

8. Joseph Kim, MD — @DrJosephKim

9. Jay Parkinson, MD — @jayparkinson

10. Mehmet Oz, MD — @DrOz

So, if you are a doctor, follow the above tips to start your journey into the social media world. And for anyone who wants to have daily tips, ideas, or thoughts from doctors, you might start by taking a look at the 10 doctors mentioned above.

How to Get Physicians Onboard with mHealth

Posted on January 11, 2012 I Written By

No matter how great an app or device may be, it will be difficult for any developer to be successful if they don’t get some level of buy in from physicians in general.  People will always resort back to their physician when it comes to the quality of medical products.

In keeping with that train of thought, David Lee Scher, MD wrote an excellent article for mHIMSS.org entitled, What will it take for physicians to adopt mHealth?  It takes a great look at a few important ways to get physicians onboard with mHealth.  The full article can be found at the above link, but I will just look at a couple of his main points and share my thoughts.

Increase the awareness of mHealth technologies with physicians.

It is amazing how unaware some people are of the technology available even in their own industry.  Some of that may be due to the sheer magnitude of offerings and not wanting to take the time to find the quality products.

As is mentioned in the article, professional word of mouth may be the most valuable method here.  Whether it be conferences or professional journals, it doesn’t really matter.  What is important is that doctors get reliable information from sources they can trust.  I’m not talking about the kool-aid the developers themselves sell, but legitimate information concerning the value of these products.

Technologies that will decrease work burden.

This is incredibly important, as no one will be interested in adopting something that gives them more work to do.  This may seem obvious, but can easily be overlooked.  It’s great that an app can provide all kinds of new information, but if it requires the user to do even more work to use that information they will quickly be turned off.

The adoption of mHealth directly by insurers and/or hospitals.

This may be the most important step.  Money is the driving force of almost any industry, and in healthcare insurers are where the real money is.  Insurers need to be sold on the fact that mHealth technologies can actually save them money in the long run.  When that happens insurers will be willing to pay the reimbursements and everyone will win.

mHealth has the ability to be a disruptive technology in healthcare, the likes of which we have probably not seen in my lifetime.  I think we are only scratching the surface of what mHealth can do, and we will not get much deeper if physicians are unwilling to make it an essential part of the medicine they practice.