mHealth: Meaningful Use and the Pursuit of App-iness

More than 6,000 mobile health apps that provide medical information, improve health or manage illness are available for download from the iTunes app store along with hundreds more for Android, BlackBerry, and Windows. Manhattan Research reports 30 percent of doctors already use an iPad and more than 80 percent are using a smartphone capable of downloading apps.

Did you know health apps have the third highest session time on an iPad according to Localytics?

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How can mobile technology address meaningful use criteria?

Health care providers meeting at the World Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on mHealth shared how mHealth technology is beginning to enable meaningful use compliance in their workflows. The panelists included Hennepin County (Minn.) Medical Center CMIO Kevin L. Larsen, M.D., Physicians Interactive President Sanjay Pingle and U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Clinical Informatics Deputy Director Peter Park, M.D.

One example panelists shared is physicians who use mobile device cameras and webcams for documentation. New to Stage Two requirements for Meaningful Use is including at least one electronic note per patient visit and some are using cameras to document the progress of a disease state or to share information between members of the physician’s team. Read more at SearchHealthIT.com.

Skype of iPadMore and more physicians are also using the Skype App to have video conversations with patients via their iPad. Did you know you can capture audio notes by recording these calls? Here’s an example how.

However, keep in mind laws require full disclosure of recording calls and vary state to state. Don’t forget to check with your individual state’s regulations before recording any calls.

What is your favorite app for capturing clinical notes? Share with us in the comments below.

This guest post is by Angela Dunn, a consultant in social business innovation and a writer in healthcare technology. Dunn is also an official blogger for conferences related to innovation and healthcare. She is known as blogbrevity on Twitter where she leads a monthly chat on ideas with the hashtag, #ideachat. You can also follow Angela Dunn on Google+.

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