mHealth apps improve effectiveness of medical professional care-giving

Through my work with Kaiser Permanente, GE Healthcare, McKesson and others, I recognize that smartphones and other smart devices are penetrating medical organizations as a preferred information and resource delivery platform.

The use of internally-developed mobile apps to diagnose, treat, transmit data, provide medical decision-support, monitor and provide care to patients can help streamline and increase the efficiency of everyday tasks and effectiveness of medical professional care-giving.

Despite this, John-David Lovelock, a Gartner analyst, points out that many healthcare companies are dragging their feet about mobility rollouts in the vain hope that if they wait it out, they will get to the point where there is just one mobile platform to support. As John-David rightly points out, this is not going to happen any time soon. The healthcare market, like every other market, needs to accept the reality of supporting multiple platforms.

There will be multiple operating systems, wireless access technologies and form factors. When CIOs accept this reality, they can manage around it.

Although there may be a little stuttering just now, long term, mHealth apps will save the medical industry and its customers billions of dollars through a more efficient healthcare system. It will drive efficiency and productivity within medical organizations and provide patients with a more streamlined way of receiving the care they need. After all, patient health and lives are at stake here.

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Recognising a need in the fast growing mobile industry to provide the first truly affordable handset testing service, Faraz founded DeviceAnywhere in April 2003. Prior to launching DeviceAnywhere, Faraz was the Director of Solutions at Brience, a mobile WAP applications company, and a Technical Architect at KPMG Consulting. While employed with Brience, he experienced the difficulty and expense required to develop new mobile applications when teams often had to travel abroad to set up testing labs and independently purchase new handsets. The challenge facing the industry presented Faraz with the vision for founding DeviceAnywhere. Faraz has also held technical positions at Oracle, KLA Tencor and AMD. He holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the lead singer for a local rock band, Kaif.