About two-thirds of U.S. doctors surveyed by MedData Group use mobile-health apps on the job; however, about two-thirds also believe that a truly connected healthcare system in the U.S. is more than five years away, if it occurs at all.
Currently, almost fifty percent of doctors surveyed reported using mobile apps to observe medication interactions and less than twenty percent are using mHealth apps to access electronic health records. However, over sixty percent of physicians surveyed expressed that they are considering using mobile apps to access electronic health records within the next year.
Doctors surveyed were also asked what they believed to be the biggest challenges to a fully connected healthcare environment; a resounding seventy percent of doctors mentioned cost and almost sixty percent cited technological limitations, provider resistance, and privacy concerns as limiting factors.
To read the article, click here. Read Rob McCray’s response below:
“Interesting that 2/3rds of physicians believe the combination cost and provider resistance will delay the adoption of technologies already embraced by the rest of society and other industries. It would be easier if the profession would lead the necessary changes but health care will nonetheless become connected. The 1/3rd of doctors who embrace change will achieve their full potential to improve the lives of their patients.”