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Mobile Health Adoption on the Rise

By Stephanie Reardon

Although mobile health (mhealth) use is a fairly new concept, it seems that provider adoption is on the rise. Compared to last year, 17 percent more providers have indicated they have adopted mobile healthcare, according to a report from MedData Group.

The survey was compiled with results from 375 respondents from providers across fields located around the U.S. in January 2015.

Providers indicated a wide variety of reasons for the increase in mhealth, but most respondents (42 percent) said they adopted mhealth to improve quality of care. Additionally, 41 percent of individuals polled indicated they adopted mHealth to improve time efficiency, 37 percent for improved patient communication, 23 percent for improving cost and 22 percent at the request of their patients. Only 16 percent of providers polled indicated they had not adopted mhealth.

Currently, the survey indicates that providers have many utilizations of  mhealth applications. The most viewed application is specialty clinical information at 61 percent of respondents. Pharmaceutical information is viewed by 51 percent of respondents, while 32 percent said they viewed continuing medical education.

Other individuals polled were more likely to utilize practice management articles (28 percent), field-related device technologies articles (25 percent), and continuing medical education videos (22 percent). Twenty one percent of those polled said they didn’t read professional content on their mobile device.

The survey predicted that in 2015 ePrescribing would be the most utilized mhealth application at 50 percent, followed by lab result images (48 percent), medication interactions (48 percent), Electronic Health Records (38 percent), diagnostics (31 percent), clinical notes (30 percent) and telemedicine devices (21 percent).

EHRIntelligence.com reported that ePrescribing is becoming a prefered method of prescribing medications. A study showed that 81 percent of adult patients preferred the service over hand-written prescriptions, while 84 percent expected ePrescribing services to be available to them.  

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