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.