The push for greater reliance on health information technology (IT) has led to a number of changes across the industry. Practices are investing in new electronic health records (EHR) systems and many are using mobile devices, such as tablets or smartphones, at the point of care. Another trend has to do with the rate at which patients are becoming more comfortable accessing their health information from home to better manage their conditions and care.
In fact, a recent study by Mitchell PR revealed that members of the baby boomer generation who own smartphones are now more willing than ever to download medical applications that can present information about healthcare.
Suzie Mitchell, CEO of Mitchell PR, explained that among the 600 smartphone users surveyed, nearly half (48 percent) said they would be willing to download a mobile app in order to better manage chronic diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes. An even greater portion – 57 percent – said they would download a platform that presented general medical information.
If doctors are able to securely transmit patients’ health records through these platforms, they may find it’s easier to meet the second stage of meaningful use standards. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the final rule of meaningful use Stage 2, revealing that doctors must prove 5 percent of patients are downloading, viewing or transmitting health information provided following an appointment.
Baby boomers who are willing to download their health information may also be able to improve their care outcomes if they track their conditions remotely.
“Seven in 10 (70 percent) with diabetes are likely to download a mobile app dealing with diabetes. Half (50 percent) with a heart condition would download a heart disease app. People with serious diseases will download apps to help them live longer,” Mitchell ad