M-Health in Care Coordination
M-Health is the surprise technology of Care Coordination. Mobile health is a subset of telehealth, with a particular emphasis on the use of mobile phones for communication between patients and health care providers. It also includes the use of wireless medical devices for monitoring patients remotely.
Wearables & Health Monitoring
Smart devices and wearable technologies are becoming increasingly popular throughout society. It’s no surprise that the number of individuals using these devices to monitor and manage their health is now in the hundreds of millions. This in turn has given rise to a new model of health delivery.
“medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistances and other wireless devices”
Improving Patient Engagement
Mobile technologies have become ubiquitous among health care consumers and professionals. Simultaneously, the health care industry is moving towards a delivery model that is patient-centered and value-based. Mobile technologies are able to facilitate interactive user interface for clinicians, payers, life sciences companies and patients.
Healthcare providers show an increased interest in the use of m-Health apps for improving patient engagement and the delivery of care. These reasons make mobility can make doctor workflow more streamlined.
Mobile devices deliver real-time care coordination
Handheld devices with wireless capabilities offer extensive support in several tasks like patient tracking, clinical and drug references, and real-time secure communication between doctors and patients, providing a more complete continuity of care.
Mobility allows doctors to focus on their patients
Time comes at a premium for most providers, which means that they shouldn’t be wasting hours of their work day handling administrative tasks. Data management in a user-friendly setting is what medical staffs require in busy environments like hospitals, and it can easily be delivered in a mobile platform.
Real-time Monitoring not for Future
Patient monitoring in m-Health context is defined as using technology to manage, monitor, and treat a patient’s illness from a distance. Remote sensors installed in households or imaging devices linked to mobile phones are often used to facilitate data transmission to the health service provider. This can reduce the need for visits to a health center for check-ups.
Telliant Systems has come up with an idea to monitor the Vital signs such as blood pressure, weight, blood sugar, temperature, heart rate, and electrocardiography (ECG) are measured using wearable biosensors and transmitted over the mobile wireless network to a central server using an iOS app.
Thus m-health helps the Care providers and the chronically patients to connect through a remote monitoring and track their health continuously to bring a positive effect on the care of these patients, specifically because providers are better able to intervene in health issues early on.