PwC doc says vendors, providers, telecoms must collaborate on mobile connectivity

We reported extensively last month on the recent PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of the mobile healthcare landscape, including the point that most mobile devices used in healthcare don't connect to much other than the Internet. This week, American Medical News digs a little deeper to look at why so many smartphones aren't connected to practice and hospital IT systems. Reimbursement is partially to blame, because physicians usually aren't compensated for electronic communication with patients, but Dr. Cliff Bleustein, a PwC director who advised the report's authors, tells amednews that it will take a joint effort "not only from hospital environments but from information technology vendors as well as telecommunications companies" to create connectivity so physicians can, say, tap into office EMRs when they're at another location. Article