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Doctors Look to Smartphones to Track Patient Data

 

PC World - Smartphones, tablet PCs and other wireless devices are poised to play a greater role in healthcare as doctors and patients embrace the mobile Internet, panelists at a mobile health technology conference in Boston said Thursday.

A study from Manhattan Research found that 71 percent of physicians consider a smartphone essential to their practice and 84 percent said that the Internet is critical to their jobs.

"Physicians are opportunistic in finding ways to improve efficiency," said Monique Levy, a senior director with Manhattan Research. Smartphones allow doctors to check e-mail, use mobile applications and surf the Web, and also lead to collaboration between physicians and patients, she said at the World Congress' Summit on Health.

Doctors can use a device like a tablet to pull up patient information during a consultation, then use it to show a patient how disease spreads or how curvature of the spine occurs. It may be easier to share information with patients in this way than sitting in front of a PC.

The use of mobile devices in healthcare has expanded in the past five years and will continue to grow as U.S. smartphone use increases, said Harry Wang, director of mobile and health research at Park Associates. By 2015 more than 70 percent of people in the U.S. will own a smartphone, according to a study by his firm. Click here to read the full article.

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Previous conferences

  • Delivering on the Value Proposition for Connectivity and Health IT – April 23, 2009

This conference focused on connectivity and industry strategies for health information technology in response to related provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Discussions helped raise the awareness and the need for a clinical informatics management program. Participants included informaticists, healthcare providers, vendors, payers, policymakers, and educators. Among the companies represented were IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences, McKesson, Perot Systems, and Siemens Medical Solutions.

  • Medical Innovation and Strategies Conference, Wireless and Consumer Healthcare – September 23, 2009

This meeting focused on identifying and discussing fundamental drivers of connectivity in healthcare IT and ways the Fuqua community can participate in the development and implementation of wireless and consumer healthcare. Participants included healthcare providers, members of the medical device industry, innovators in wireless healthcare, and venture/investment professionals and students of Fuqua’s Health Sector Management program. Among the companies represented were IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences, Microsoft Corporation, General Electric/NBC Universal, and Medtronic.

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Ana Quinn
Associate Director, Business Development
Health Sector Management
Phone: 919‐660‐7900
ana.quinn@duke.edu