Standards key to mHealth success

July 24, 2014 in Medical Technology

No matter where you go, it seems, someone’s talking up mHealth.  But according to two two officials with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, a healthy wariness is in order. 

mHealth technologies offer a bounty of benefits and advantages,” they say, “including improved monitoring, faster diagnostics, greater flexibility and measurable cost-savings, for physicians and patients alike. However, with great promise also come great challenges, particularly for healthcare organizations and clinical practices.”  Among those challenges are omnipresent HIPAA regulations and the never-ending increase in technological complexity.  So what’s a doctor to do?

“One key avenue of influence is the purchase agreement,” they say, “wherein stipulations that any new in-home monitoring device or clinical system must meet global interoperability and security standards can be added. Another tactic is for healthcare professionals to become better educated. . . . having a better understanding of the critical role that interoperability and data security play will help ensure mHealth technologies can be more easily integrated into daily clinical routines.”

This post originally appeared on HIMSS Future Care.

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