Mobility trends are fascinating to watch, especially in the healthcare industry. There’s no doubt that the proliferation of mobile devices is driving many changes. Clinicians are increasingly using mobile devices, and the number of applications is exploding.
On his “Life as a Healthcare CIO” blog, Dr. John Halamka, the CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center talks about the market pressures that are leading many healthcare organizations to look to merge or acquire with other providers.
Patient engagement has been called by leading analysts and healthcare professionals “the blockbuster drug of the century.” Why? Because studies have shown that patients actively engaged in their own healthcare have better health outcomes, while at the same time have lower overall health costs. In his August 2012 article, Leonard Kish references studies from Kaiser and the VA that showed significant improvements in health outcomes from engaged patients. Kish argues that had similar outcomes been achieved through the administration of a new drug, that drug would be hailed as the blockbuster drug of the century.