By the end of the year, it’s projected that there will be more medical devices on our planet than people. One look at a doctor’s belt (or a teenager’s bookbag or purse, for that matter) should bear that out.
Nowhere is this phenomenon felt more profoundly than in healthcare, where more than four of every five doctors in the United states own at least one mobile device. Mobile devices, smartphones, tablets, telemedicine … all are changing how and where care is delivered – even altering the very definition of “healthcare.”
On Thursday, April 26, mHIMSS will tackle the issues head-on in a daylong virtual forum. “The Future of Mobile Technologies and mHealth: Staying Securely Connected” will run from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET and include several education sessions and an interactive exhibit hall.
In all, six education sessions are scheduled, including:
- “The Future of Mobile Health: An mCare Pilot Project for Wounded Warriors Update” (10-11 a.m. ET) – led by mHIMSS Advisory Council member Jeanette Rasche, this session will look at the Army’s project to connect wounded warriors, doctors and third parties through a secure mobile application and corresponding web portal, now being used by more than 600 people in 28 states and the District of Columbia.
- “Privacy & Security of Mobile Devices in Health System Setting and Beyond” (11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. ET) – led by a member of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Mobile Security and Security Rick Assessment Workgroup, this session will examine Kaiser Permanente’s launch of its mobile-optimized website earlier this year, allowing nearly 9 million members instant online access to their medical information via mobile devices.
- “How Mobility Can Improve Decision-Making and Patient Engagement” (12:30-1 p.m. ET) – this session will focus on how mobility plays an integral role in the development of accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and other evolving performance-based healthcare models. The discussion will focus not only on providers but patients as well, since their decisions and adherence to care plans will ultimately determine the success or failure of outcomes-based measurement.
- “Healthcare Mobility: Critical Success Factors” (2:30-3:30 p.m. ET) – led by Todd MacCallum, a member of the mHIMSS Mobile Device Functionality and Connectivity Workgroup, this session will concentrate on current mobile computing trends in the healthcare industry, using case studies and industry lessons to address clinical workflow and integration and security challenges.
The virtual exhibition hall, featuring vendors such as Enterasys, SAP, CDW and Aerohive Networks, offers attendees an opportunity to chat with representatives, view presentations, access industry white papers and network in the virtual lounge.
The virtual forum represents an important step forward for mHIMSS, a subgroup of HIMSS that was formed late last year to address any and all issues related to mobility in healthcare, and follows HIMSS’ acquisition earlier this year of management responsibilities for the mHealth Summit. In addition, mHIMSS is a partner in the production of the mHIMSS.org website.
mHIMSS.org will be on hand to provide coverage of the virtual forum, with content provided to its sister publications, including Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance News and Government Health IT.
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Eric Wicklund is the editor of mHIMSS.org.