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A Look at Trends in Patient-Centered Care Coordination & mHealth

By Care Thread
originally published Jul 10, 2013

A few new (and not-so-new) healthcare IT infographics and stats have come across our browsers over the past few days that have struck a chord with us and our own mission: to provide patient-centered care coordination and real-time communication tools to healthcare providers across the care continuum. Here are two of note.

mHealth Is Poised to Explode (Float Mobile Learning)
Is mHealth poised to explode?It’s hard not to be impressed by some of the basic stats presented in this infographic:
• 1.7 million hospital beds in the United States
• 1 billion visits to physicians’ offices in 2011
• 80% of doctors use smartphones and medical apps
• 40% of doctors believe that mobile health technologies can reduce the number of office visits

Even more significant?
• 56% of doctors who use mobile devices say they expedite decision-making
• 40% of those say they decrease time spent on administration

In an industry where the status quo of communication is relegated to text pagers and a dearth of care team cohesiveness, healthcare is gaining momentum to securely use the technology already in providers’ white coat pockets to spend more time with the patients and less time figuring out Who’s on first. Let’s put the right technology in providers’ hands to make this happen.



Population Health Management: Reducing Risk and Spend Across the Care Continuum (Healthcare Intelligent Network)

Population Health Management: Reducing Risk and Spend Across the Care ContinuumThere’s a lot to be said about the noble cause of managing population health through a network of providers and mediums. It truly takes a coordinated team of providers, family, and friends to help patients be motivated to stay healthy, manage chronic diseases, and prevent hospital (re-)admissions. The good news is that by leveraging predictive analytics and employing more personalized interventions, patients are now more likely to adhere to their prescriptions and improve overall compliance with their treatment plans. At the same time, those participating in such population health management (PHM) programs reduce the likelihood of an ER visit or hospital stay.

Yet, HIN’s recent survey identified that one in five providers said that provider engagement was a barrier to PHM success. While there are several effective patient engagement tools and apps that can aid providers in successful PHM, there’s a provider-to-provider gap – connecting everyone caring for a patient. We’re pleased to see this infographic recommend the use of predictive analytics and the integration of results into a care management workflow tool, along with the realization of a fully-integrated care coordination platform. EMRs that store clinical data and mHealth apps that share personal health stats with providers have been a boon to healthcare; it’s taking the next step to bring this information to context across a patient’s entire care team in real time that can make a difference.

These paths of thinking converge with our holistic and integrated approach to healthcare communication and collaboration by using mobile technology to synthesize two of healthcare’s most powerful assets: clinical information and the collective knowledge and experience of its providers. In the era of integrated delivery networks and ACOs, integrated mobile tools that can enable providers to virtually collaborate across a patient’s care team will be essential to the quality of care delivery and improve patient outcomes.

Topics: Care Coordination Infographics mHealth

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