LeadingAge: Mobile Health Technology Capturing the Nation’s Imagination

A wider-spread use of mobile medical devices could save the nation’s health system nearly $2 billion over the next 25 years, according to research, and both the federal government, technology developers, and device manufacturers are paying attention, writes LeadingAge

Interest is expected to continue to increase despite barriers to adopting mobile health: 

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Julius Genachowski certainly had his eye on those cost-saving estimates when he met with private sector, academic and government leaders in June to discuss both the benefits and the challenges of mHealth.

While the identified benefits included the lofty goals of improved care and lower costs, the barriers focused on more nitty-gritty issues like regulatory approval, reimbursement and privacy/security.

According to iHealthBeat, Genachowski called on industry stakeholders to conduct research and develop strategies to address the barriers. He also promised to ease the way for innovators working to bring new wireless medical devices to market.

Whatever barriers stand in the way, the mHealth field does not appear to be at a standstill by any means. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced plans in June to create what Healthcare IT News describes as one of the world’s largest wireless mobility infrastructures for health care.

The system will cost $19 million and will support 26 medical centers across the country with voice, video and real-time location services.

“The basic idea is to keep patients out of the hospital,” technology consultant Mike Wisz told Healthcare IT News. “We’re going to see more pieces deployed, used, worn, ingested and implanted, and it’s going to be a data tsunami.”

Mobile health devices that are entering the senior care market could include monitoring devices embedded into peoples’ homes and systems that can enable multiple devices to interact through one platform, with cloud-based data collection.

Read more at LeadingAge.

Written by Alyssa Gerace

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