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HIMSS Analytics 2013 Mobile Technology Survey Examines mHealth Landscape
Providers identify increased access to patient information as top benefit to mobile technologies; Survey also discusses barriers and future predictions
ORLANDO (February 26, 2014) – Today, at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, HIMSS Analytics published the results of the 3rd Annual HIMSS Analytics Mobile Survey, examining the use of mobile devices in provider patient care improvement initiatives. For the first time this year, the Survey questions were modified to closely align with the six areas of the mHIMSS Roadmap, a strategic framework for providers to implement mobile and wireless technologies. The Roadmap sections encompass key areas of consideration healthcare organizations should focus on when developing and implementing a mobile strategy within a healthcare organization: New Care Models, Technology, ROI/Payment, Legal & Policy, Standards & Interoperability and Privacy & Security.
The Survey findings offer examples of the progress made and hurdles that providers face when integrating mobile technologies into their facilities to improve patient care. Respondents indicated that the top benefit to having mobile technologies in their facilities was increased access to patient information and the ability to view data from a remote location. Funding limitations topped the list for barriers. Many providers are also still early in their adoption and implementation of mobile technology. For example, 69 percent use a mobile device to view patient information while only a third (36 percent) use mobile technologies to collect data at the bedside.
“The mobile health market is one of the fastest growing areas in the health IT space. We recognize the growing importance of mobile technologies and its impact to transform the delivery of patient care,” said David Collins, Senior Director of mHIMSS. “The Survey reflects mobile technology as a transformational tool, as demonstrated by nearly all of the respondents supplying mobile technology to clinicians. This is a great example of how providers are integrating mHealth into today’s healthcare workflows. There is still work to be done by formally embracing mobile implementation strategies and measuring ROI.”
Key findings from respondents that were examined through the Roadmap sections are listed below. These highlights can also be viewed via the corresponding infographic: http://www.himss.org/mobile-health-survey.
Legal & Policy
59 percent have a mobile technology plan.
29 percent are developing a mobile technology plan.
HIPAA is the federal legislation that is most likely to impact organizational mHealth environment.
Privacy & Security
New Care Models
Clinicians are most likely to use technology to support patient care by either:
For the second consecutive year, pharmacy management topped providers’ lists as the most likely use of mobile technologies, including medication reminders or medication reconciliation.
- App development is mostly handled by vendors or third party vendors.
- More than half of provider respondents indicate they would expand their use of apps in the future.
- One-third of respondents offer apps for patient/consumer use, up from 14 percent a year ago.
- 62 percent indicated that they offer patients access to at least one of the mobile tools identified in the research, including patient portals, telehealth services and remote monitoring devices.
- Just half formally measure ROI related to their mobile technology investments.
- A mere third of respondents evaluate the total cost of ownership as it relates to their mobile strategy.
Following the release of the Survey results today, HIMSS mHealth Community will have dedicated social activities at HIMSS14 to take a deeper dive into the findings and offer insights as to how the industry can better shape patient care. A HIMSS Spot “Meet Up” has been scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET during the “4 Mobile Health Insights to Shape Better Patient Care in 2014” session which will be followed by the “mHIMSS Mobile Health Meetup” at 12:45 p.m. ET.
The Survey reflects the responses of 170 healthcare IT and clinical personnel and can be downloaded by visiting http://bit.ly/1jRhGXa. The full Roadmap is also available for download here: http://www.himss.org/mobilehealthit/roadmap.
About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – a nonprofit driving the change toward a smarter, more efficient healthcare system through the adoption of health IT. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms. Visit www.himssanalytics.org for more information.
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