Discover steps to realize mobile’s potential in healthcare at HIMSS13
In his session at the 2012 mHealth Summit, Vinod Khosla headlined his presentation with the compelling claim, “By 2025, 80% of what doctors do will be replaced by mobile technology,” citing inefficiencies in healthcare such as:
- Misdiagnoses when information is already in patient record;
- Statistically, 50% of doctors are below average in level of care;
- Cognitive limitations and biases of human doctors; and
- The current care system takes too long and is inconvenient for patients.
Khosla implies mobile technologies will fill the gaps in care, not replace doctors all together. He continues to point out that “genomics are too much data for your doctor to consider” and mobile devices can “passively collect data” – advantages technology inarguably has over physicians.
In an interview with Healthcare IT News, Patty Mechael, Director of the mHealth Alliance asserted, too, doctors aren’t going anywhere. "A lot of the time, doctors fear mobile healthcare will make their care redundant, but this won't be the case.” Mechael added the "[doctor’s] role will change and be much more systematically refined. They will be dealing more with acute cases than with the routine types."
What both Mechael and Khosla are hinting at is that the partnership between physicians and mobile will enable patients to take ownership of their own care – enabling the best care possible.
At HIMSS13, the discussion of linking mobile to patient engagement and clinical workflow will continue at the Knowledge Center Session, “Tackling the ‘Achilles Heel’ of Mobile Medicine.” Throughout HIMSS13, speakers will discuss critical milestones that will take mobile technologies from present use and pilot demos to full adoption and deployment.
Until then, discuss what role YOU see mobile playing in the betterment of care delivery via the mHIMSS LinkedIn Group.