A new mobile health survey of physicians, payers and patients reveals some unexpected findings about mobile health reimbursement, health management and data tracking.
Young physicians are worried about how patients use it.
Although about 44 percent of the 433 physicians surveyed are “worried” about mobile health making patients more independent, the majority of young physicians — those with five years of experience or less, or 53 percent, feel this way. And 24 percent of these young doctors discourage their patients from using mobile health. It’s tough to say why, and the report’s authors don’t shed much light other than speculating that their junior positions may lead them to be more impacted by disruption, like fewer jobs.
Payers would like patients to provide more data to physicians and so would physicians.
About 40 percent of the 345 payer participants said they would like their members to use mobile devices to provide more data to physicians, a finding that jibes with something physicians want. About 51 percent of doctors would like to receive data to monitor patients and another 51 percent say they would like to use it to provide instructions on drug adherence and other health-related communication. Approximately 48 percent would like to use it as an explanatory or demonstration tool for patients during office visits.
About 70 percent of payers plan to pay for mobile access to EMR in the next three years; only 55 percent of physicians plan to offer this service. About 71 percent of physicians plan to use mobile health for telephone consultations and 73 percent of physicians said they would use it for remote patient monitoring. A surprising 65 percent of payers would reimburse text-based consulting which, surprisingly or not, 44 percent of physicians would want to offer.
Technology regulation gap.
Many payers and physicians, 45 percent, believe regulation created for older technologies will not translate well to newer technologies, i.e., mobile health, and that’s a significant challenge for mobile health adoption. Bakul Patel, a policy adviser to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged the challenge of balancing patient safety with some benefits that mobile health can offer, according to the report.
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