With the many advances in technologies, most industries have jumped on board of using mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops to keep up with ongoing changes within a company. Along with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, the healthcare industry has also implemented new technologies such as electronic health records software and e-prescribing systems.
With the help of healthcare IT consulting companies, a multitude of medical organizations have been able to meet meaningful use requirements, install new equipment and achieve ICD-10 compliance. However, the world of mobile health is still not expanding as quickly as necessary to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes.
Healthcare IT News reported that the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. released a report showing that more innovation is necessary in the mobile health market to truly expand this niche industry. Also, consumers do not have enough awareness to begin using apps targeted toward improving their health.
An obstacle that may prohibit the spread of mobile technology within the healthcare industry is the threat of HIPAA violations. With such devices, patient data may fall into the wrong hands and data breaches may ensue. The way to avoid HIPAA violations is to develop the security features and encryptions necessary to protect patient health information.
"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," Dr. Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health information technology, said at a report-release briefing.
With the aid of healthcare IT consulting firms, many more medical organizations will be able to implement and use EHR systems or mobile devices without committing HIPAA violations.