HIMSS Survey Examines State of Mobile Health

May 15, 2015 | By Atif Chaughtai, Axway

Last month we attended the HIMSS 15 Annual Conference in Chicago where providers, practitioners and other health care professionals convened to discuss the latest in health IT. With topics ranging from the secure transfer of healthcare data to standards-based interoperability, attendees from healthcare organizations around the world shared how health IT can improve patient outcomes and drive new organizational efficiencies.

One key topic, both at the conference and in the healthcare industry at large, is mobile health. For a second straight year Axway conducted a survey of various attendees including healthcare providers, insurance companies, pharmacy representatives and more to determine the state of mobile health, including challenges, drivers and current levels of adoption.

The results found that the majority of survey respondents cited successfully delivering mobile health technologies as the most challenging IT issue their organization faces. This represents a change from last year, when respondents reported that the integration of disparate health IT systems was their biggest challenge. Following mobile health in difficulty was the exchange of healthcare information across organizations. This shift shows that organizations are struggling with IT and data governance policies to be able to adapt to the digital health model. This is not to say the integration of disparate health IT system challenge has subsided as confirmed by the question on biggest barrier to adoption to mobile health.

With mobile health being ranked as the most challenging health IT issue facing the industry, we looked to uncover the benefits that are driving the adoption of said mobile health services. Improved quality of care was ranked as the most important driver, compared to last year, when respondents ranked the improved access to healthcare information as the most significant benefit.

Surprisingly, however, the majority of surveyed professionals stated that their organization does not currently offer mobile health solutions. The greatest barrier to adoption? Respondents cited integration of mobile health data with current systems and EHR. Coming in second was the interoperability between EHR and mobile devices to update medical records.

For a second straight year, the survey showed that most healthcare professionals believe widespread adoption of mobile health capabilities to be one to three years away. Interestingly, the next closest response was three to five years away.

The benefits of mobile health are apparent; however, despite the promise in improving patient care, it is clear that many organizations are not yet equipped to be able to deliver on this promise. Here at Axway we are working with organizations across the healthcare industry to prepare for new technologies, including mobile, which will continue to grow in importance and influence.

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TOPICS: Healthcare

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