According to a report-release published by Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C which says Electronic tools can provide benefits to patients if there are high-quality apps available for healthcare department. But the adoption of apps is still lagging.
The report was published in December 10, in which Janet Marchibroda, chair of the Health IT Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center, said that smartphones have completely changed American lives, including the way American communicate, travel, shop, and manages their finances. Therefore she believes that “if we could apply that use of smartphones to healthcare, great things would result”
From the last few years, since the introduction of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems, developers are regularly designing and developing apps. Irrespective of apps education and entertainment they are also developing applications for medical practices. Unfortunately, medical students and professionals are unaware of such apps.
Lack of awareness among customers is the one side of picture; in fact most of developers are also unaware of HIPPA’s policies. Some says that HIPPA’s policies are much strict and they could not follow because of it. National coordinator for Health information technology, Farzad Mostashari, also noticed this problem. He says, “Sometimes it’s interpreted that HIPAA means, ‘I can’t give you your health information.’ HIPAA gives people a right to access of the information in the format that they want.”
Co-founder of Bipartisan Policy Center, Tom Daschle, believes the smartphones could improve healthcare efficiency. Smartphones not only increase efficiency but also it helps to lower the cost. He said, “At eighteen percent and rising, healthcare spending is placing a considerable burden on our economy,”
Electronic tools such as smartphones, can improve communication between patient and physician. Patient centered communication is connected with fewer diagnostic treatments and higher devotion to medication. It has also been linked with a positive impact on patients’ behavioral changes and self-care management. Most importantly, medical apps can provide better understanding about diseases and their treatments.
“As physicians have widely embraced patient engagement,” said Marchibroda. Patient-doctor communication usually occurred in the exam room, for less than 20 minutes, she added. This makes it tricky for physicians and patients to interact. The use of electronic communication tools could help difficult problems before they happen and physician can take necessary steps to improve the experience for patients.