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Healthcare Access Through Mobile Technology: How does mHealth Improve Patient Access to Better Care?

Mobile Health, or mHealth, is a rapidly growing strategy that many healthcare professionals say can increase efficiency, cut costs, provide better customer service, and help handle tough circumstances such as a remote or incapacitated patient. mHealth consists of the use of the latest communication devices and technology to bring healthcare services to the patient.Advocates claim the applications of mHealth are numerous, aiding with: remote monitoring, behavior modification, data collection, step-by-step instruction, question and answer forums, doctor visits, and even diagnosis.  

Join us as we explore the various models of mHealth and how each model can improve patient access to better care. Our panel will provide their expert advice and answer your questions, as we ask:

  • Has the public accepted the idea of mHealth? Do they agree that a “remote” doctor consultation provides value to the patients and improves the care process?
  • Where do you see the limitation of this technology?
  • Does this technology interfere with the professional ethos of physicians to examine and treat individuals holistically?
  • Are there privacy concerns involved in taking healthcare to the communication networks?
  • What are the Telehealth, Web, and Mobile phone models, and why does the model you use suit your needs best?
  • What’s in the future for mHealth?

Due to time constraints our panelists were unable to answer every question. Here are answers to the unanswered questions submitted:

From Herb:
Q: The speaker who showed the snap on technology to get an EKG reading...I'm wondering if there's an equivalent for capturing BP reading?
A: Yes, many devices particularly for home health are in the marketplace.

Q: In regards to the app that analysis blood what specific lab tests are available by this method?
A: Right now Malaria, TB, HIV, and common bacterial. On the horizon are other viral and parasites.

From Marc:
Q: Would love to hear more details about how the maternal health apps work/ what they do, specifically.
A: See http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/safedelivery/ and www.d-tree.org

Q: I realize not the point of your presentation, but please don't say ""in US no woman dies in childbirth."" That is far from true.
A: This is a fair comment. I should have been more specific. It is true however that Almost all maternal deaths (99%) occur in developing countries. More than half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and almost one third occur in South Asia.
( http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs348/en/index.html).

About the Panel:

ImageMarc Mitchell, MD, MS, Founder & President of D-tree International

Dr. Marc Mitchell, MD, MS founder and president of D-tree International, is a pediatrician and management specialist who has worked in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on the design and delivery of health care services. He is a Lecturer on Global Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Mitchell is a world leader in the use of mobile technology to improve the quality of and access to health care (mHealth) and  has written widely on these topics. D-tree International was founded in 2004 in order to demonstrate the impact that mobile technology can have on improving health outcomes for the world’s poor.

ImageAlex Blau, MD, Medical Director at Doximity

Alex Blau, MD, Medical Director at Doximity, is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and trained in emergency medicine at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He has been working in the emerging mobile health space since he was a senior medical student, when he founded MediBabble, an iPhone-¬-based medical language interpretation tool now in use by over 15,000 health care professionals.

ImageHerb Rogove, DO, FCCM, FACP, President & CEO of C3O Telemedicine

Dr. Rogove is President/CEO of C3O Telemedicine, which is a multispecialty virtual practice that solves the problem of quick and affordable access to specialists in Tele-ICU, Tele-Neurology/Neurocritical Care and Tele-Psychiatry. With over thirty years of experience both in clinical and hospital administrative functions he has started and directed three onsite critical care programs as well as Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist programs. He has had clinical appointments at the University of Southern California, University of Pittsburgh, and the Ohio State University.  Dr Rogove has published in major peer reviewed journals, is the author of Critical Care Medicines, and has lectured throughout the world.

ImageBrian S. McGowan, PhD, Moderator

BrianS. McGowan, PhD, is a research scientist who has worked as a medical educator, mentor, accredited provider and commercial supporter. McGowan is author of the forthcoming summer  2012 release of #SOCIALQI: SimpleSolutionsforImprovingYourHealthcare. You can follow him @BrianSMcGowan on twitter or on his blog www.socialQI.com