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Mobile Applications Removing Informational Borders & Facilitating Communication within Health Care, According to VDC Research
Addressing privacy, security, and regulation concerns are critical to increasing mobility adoption
NATICK, MA | January 30, 2018 - Service, safety, and satisfaction for patients and clinicians are the top priorities driving the mobility initiatives of leading health care organizations, according to a new report by VDC Research (click here for more information). As patient satisfaction becomes increasingly important to insurance providers, consumers expect health service providers to offer the rapid response time, information access, and convenience of other consumer services.
The range of mobile hardware health care organizations rely on and have been benefitting from spans smartphones, handsets, wearables, notebooks, and tablets (both consumer-oriented and purpose-built devices). The report also states that health care mobility offers significant benefits to health care providers as mobile solutions allow them to supply caregivers with a wealth of information while removing existing informational borders. Mobile applications have broad potential in terms of their functionality, including telemetry, e-prescribing, and patient monitoring. Applications available to health care providers enable easy reference and secure communication as well as access to patient information.
While health care organizations have stitched together patchworks of products and services to assist their health care professionals, VDC’s research shows that these solutions have not yet delivered the desired level of effective communication. “Mobility adoption within health care environments presents a unique set of barriers because health care IT systems and databases are extremely fragmented, disconnected, and interoperable,” said Spencer Gisser, Research Associate of Enterprise Mobility and Connected Devices at VDC Research. “This makes it extremely difficult for mobile solutions to seamlessly access the information health care professionals require to make critical decisions in real time.”
Significant concerns related to privacy, security, and regulation still remain. According to VDC, events such as WannaCry’s high-profile cyberattack on health care organizations and other institutions in May 2017 focused public attention on the need for improved safety measures. “Security and privacy concerns will continue to stifle health care mobility adoption until these issues are properly addressed,” said Gisser.
The full market report discusses the role of mobile technology in the health care industry and looks at the top mobility challenges health care organizations face. It includes a summary of key participants involved in the health care mobility ecosystem, identifies market trends, and analyzes prominent vendors and solution providers.
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About VDC Research
Founded in 1971, VDC Research provides in-depth insights to technology vendors, end users, and investors across the globe. As a market research and consulting firm, VDC’s coverage of AutoID, enterprise mobility, industrial automation, and IoT and embedded technologies is among the most advanced in the industry, helping our clients make critical decisions with confidence. Offering syndicated reports and custom consultation, our methodologies consistently provide accurate forecasts and unmatched thought leadership for deeply technical markets. Located in Natick, Massachusetts, VDC prides itself on its close personal relationships with clients, delivering an attention to detail and a unique perspective that is second to none.