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Making the Most of mHealth’s Momentum

by Jody Mottl

Fierce Mobile Healthcare

Article excerpt

Mobile health tools must engage patients to deliver on true promise

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital study notes that apps, portals and Web-based access to data boost decision making, improve quality of care, reduce redundancies and improve safety. A patient who is engaged in their own healthcare treatment and recovery has a more likely chance of getting better and staying healthy than someone who has no clue what’s in the IV, doesn’t understand test results and can’t name the doctors on their care team.

Our take

The ability to engage patients in their own healthcare treatment through mHealth holds promise, but effectiveness will be only as good as healthcare providers’ ability to get patients to use these tools reliably.