mHealth Rapidly Becoming a Driving Force in Mobile Expansion

Lately you’ve likely seen or heard the term ‘mHealth’ in relationship to the healthcare industry.  What exactly is mHealth? It is healthcare enabled by the use of mobile phones and other wireless devices, and it is a technology that is transforming healthcare from a physician and hospital-centric system to one that endeavors to connect all the entities involved in the healthcare process (including patients) via mobile in order to achieve the collection of community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care.  It is also one of the fastest growing segments of mobile technology today!
  
According to Justin Montgomery of MobileStorm, “mHealth Technology has the ability to deliver a wide variety of healthcare services to people who previously had difficulty seeking, obtaining or following up on healthcare related matters.  Healthcare treatments have historically been defined by the patient traveling to see the practitioner, either a single time, or more often than not, on a repeated basis.  This provides a huge barrier to treatment for those who live in rural areas or don’t have access to reliable transportation.  mHealth Technology won’t take the place of every patient visit, but more often than not it can reduce the number of visits required while increasing the quality of the care provided.”
 
And Michigan is highly engaged in mHealth. One example is Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health, where they recently introduced ‘MySpectrum‘ a mobile app available on iPhone, Blackberry and Android. Using ‘MySpectrum’ users are able to request appointments, e-mail physicians, pay bills, record health information, and map routes to Spectrum’s many hospitals, urgent care centers and other facilities. Learn more about ‘MySpectrum’ in a recent mLive article.
  
To learn more about mHealth initiatives, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) members may review studies and other information available on the ‘members-only’ section of our website at http://GoMobileMichigan.org, or readers may review content found at Fierce Mobile Healthcare . You may also attend the upcoming Mobile Monday Detroit event focusing on Mobile Health on April 18th at Compuware headquarters in Detroit.
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About MTAM

MTAM is a non-profit trade association for Michigan’s mobile / wireless industry. We are the first state-based mobile/wireless industry trade association in the U.S., and our mission is: • to increase the use of Michigan-based mobile/wireless technology products and services in-state, nationally and globally; • to increase the productivity and profitability of every industry vertical in Michigan via the use of these technologies; • and to create sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in the state based on the use of these technologies, thereby achieving substantial growth of Michigan’s economy. We are also the statewide producer of Mobile Monday Michigan – a mobile / wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization based in Finland. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 2500 members statewide.
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2 Responses to mHealth Rapidly Becoming a Driving Force in Mobile Expansion

  1. Pingback: mHealth Evidence Call for White Papers | Health Information Literacy – for health and well being

  2. Dlschermd says:

    mHealth technology is way more than making appointments and GPS to a doc. It will transform healthcare by delivering personalized remote monitoring, coordination of care, data delivery to caregivers, and more.

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