Four Questions About ACO’s and the Role of Mobile Technology

 

by Jonathan Levoy

Q:  Where does mobile technology play the biggest role in ACO’s?

A:  In a recent publication put out by CCHIT, A Health IT Framework for Accountable Care, they cited that information sharing among Clinicians, Patients, and Authorized Entities would be the only role for Mobile.  While in theory I agree with that assessment, there is a large role for mobile in the financial information gathering and management.  Devices that put Financial Counselors at bedsides, Mobile Bill Payment & Management, and Patient Interactive Communications will also play a big role in ACO’s as time progresses.  Social Media also plays a big role in how ACO’s have pushed information out to the public and since a large majority of people access Social Media via mobile devices this area too will play a big role.

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12/9/13-12/11/13 mHealth Summit at The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The 4th annual  mHealth Summit brings together leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations from across the mHealth ecosystem to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the United States and abroad.

Link to event page: http://www.mhealthsummit.org

5 Questions about Mobile Heath (mHealth) and defining what it is

1. How is Telehealth related to mHealth?

With the emergence of mHealth, telehealth has become a sub-category inside the definition of mHealth. Based on the fact that telehealth has been around for an extended period of time, it is going to take a longer period of time for people to not separate the two due familiarity with the term “Telehealth”.  But just like most of the population referred to copies as a “Xerox” for decades, over time the term “copies” have come back to popularity.  I believe that the same scenario will play out here if a better term for Telehealth is not established.

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