San Francisco-based mobile applications developer BeWell Mobile has partnered with Indian technology firm Wipro Technology to offer cellphone-based disease management services. The platform includes a provider interface allowing clinicians and other professional users to set up individual patient applications, and a separate patient interface integrating a diary, reminders and reports. BeWell is currently conducting an asthma management pilot with the San Mateo Medical Center and Clinics and a diabetes management pilot with Kaiser Permanent. As of June, San Mateo had seen no ER visits by teen asthma sufferers, as compared with the norm of 25 visits per 10,000 children.
These types of pilots are just the beginning. Over the next few quarters, expect to see not only disease management and EMR, but many other core HIT applications migrate to mobile platforms. After all, as we've previously noted here, physicians are eagerly embracing next-gen mobile technology, so it makes sense to empower them with sophisticated mobile apps.
Get more information on this technology:
- see BeWell's press release (.pdf)