Mobile technology at the bedside connects patients, physicians

Mobile technology in advanced diagnostic imaging can be a valuable approach to keeping a doctor connected to a patient during concussion and brain injury treatment scenarios, according to a new case study.

An mHealth technology-based solution in diagnostic imaging environments also holds potential in driving a patient-centered decision support environment, which could lead to avoiding unnecessary testing and delays in patient treatment, the study's authors note in a research paper published at the Electronic Data Methods Forum.

In the case study, researchers deployed a "bedside aid" featuring a tablet and app that can be used by the physician and patient. It allows physicians and patients to communicate directly while assessing head trauma treatment options.

The mobile solution offers patients information and insight on their medical condition and decision-making support for the physician. It also allows patients to note issues, concerns and questions for the physician during the bedside interaction and has note taking capabilities for the doctor, according to the paper.

"The complexity of the changing healthcare system locally, regionally and nationally and the rapid growth of knowledge in complex fields all delay EHR usability. As medicine catches up to available technologies, future electronic systems must not only be usable, but must also support knowledge and promote conversation between patients and their doctors at the bedside," note the authors.

The study results come at a time when providers and payers are actively seeking mHealth tools that not only enhance treatment and care but foster cost efficiency and savings. Most recently a New Jersey healthcare provider launched a mobile coaching platform to enhance and improve high-needs Medicaid patient care and boost cervical cancer screening rates at its 20 medical centers.

In additon, mHealth innovations are fostering resources to help providers and payers choose the best technology. The appImpact guide provides insight and guidance on integrating health tech into the behavioral diagnosis and care giving processes.

For more information:
- read the study

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