2017’s top mobile devices for healthcare: Mobile innovation improving quality, outcomes and costs

By Jasmine Henry

| Healthcare

Mobile healthcare technology continued to rapidly evolve in 2017. As enterprises adapted healthcare delivery models to respond to new regulatory requirements and shifting patient expectations, implementing new mobile devices for healthcare became one important way healthcare organizations are meeting cost and quality control initiatives.

Although wearables and IoT devices received a great deal of attention for their massive potential for improving patient outcomes, a survey by Spok Holdings revealed smartphones make up 77 percent of mobile healthcare device usage. Health CIOs are working to balance shadow IT, privacy concerns and heightened compliance requirements; last year, more than 25 percent said they are not confident in their mobile device management approach.

Taking advantage of 2017’s most promising and innovative mobile devices for healthcare requires the enterprise to develop a solid mobile strategy for 2018.

Wearables improve patient engagement

The RAPAEL Smart Glove is a “high-tech rehab device” created to make monotonous recovery processes fun for patients. Using the glove and its mobile app, patients who are recovering from a stroke or injury can perform physical therapy exercises to regain strength and motor skills by playing personalized, fun games like Whac-a-Mole.

Mashable reports that the smart gloves’ early clinical trial results are promising, yielding “significantly greater” results than traditional therapy. Future projects by RAPAEL’s creators include assistive wearable technology for patients with certain congenital conditions, such as spina bifida.

AI-powered mobile experiences improve patient quality of life

Increasingly, healthcare providers are using AI-powered app experiences on tablets and other mobile devices. SimpleC delivers personalized multimedia therapies for individuals with cognitive impairments, including immersive care for patients with dementia. Care facilities provide patients with app access via iPads, with personalized songs, images and audio to spark memories and foster connections with family and caregivers.

Superior patient outcomes are possible for healthcare organizations that invest in mobile devices to deliver AI therapies. Fewer than 10 percent of veterans with PTSD complete treatment within a year of diagnosis, but one treatment program that incorporated artificial intelligence and analytics saw a 73 percent completion rate, Healthcare IT News reports.

Smarter wearables introduce disease management possibilities

Smart insulin pumps that dispense insulin dynamically came into use several years ago. An even smarter pump featured at a recent University of Pittsburgh Innovation Challenge represents a new era for disease management wearables in which these devices could significantly reduce certain chronic conditions’ cost and care burdens. Endocrinologist Dr. Sandra Sobel proposed the “REMIT DM,” a continuous glucose monitor that can restore a patient’s ability to create their own insulin. Sobel says that her idea will use an “innovative insulin titration process” that introduces very little risk and inspires patient confidence.

Smart wearables for chronic disease and condition management introduce new mobile security risks, as evidenced by a recent recall of more than 500,000 pacemakers that contained a vulnerability, The Verge reports. The benefits will likely outweigh the risks, however; mobile devices for disease management can reduce care costs and improve patient compliance with remote monitoring features and real-time intelligence.

The most innovative healthcare devices in 2017 offered entirely new possibilities for superior patient outcomes and cost management. With IoT, AI and other mobile technologies, the enterprise can improve patient compliance, continuity of care and management of chronic conditions. To unlock the benefits of these remarkable innovations, healthcare leaders are wise to create a groundwork for success that includes an enterprisewide managed mobility strategy.

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Jasmine Henry

Jasmine E. Henry, MS

Jasmine is a commentator on emerging technology and freelance writer in the greater Seattle area. With a professional background in analytics, big data, mobility, and security that spans both the for-profit and government sectors, her professional interests include artificial intelligence…

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