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    Five ways your physicians should use mobile devices


    The rise of transformative technologies from electronic medical records to wearables is quickly making mobile devices a very real part of the healthcare journey.

    READ MORE: Mobile health goes mainstream—Health plans and providers are working with tech companies to make sure that the digital experience is as smooth and engaging as online shopping.

    Ninety percent of Americans now own a mobile device, and they spend an average of 43 minutes per month on those devices, compared with just 22 minutes at an average doctor’s visit. Mobile devices make information instantly available to far more people, integrating them with our daily lives more than traditional desktop computers ever did.

    John SmithwickJohn SmithwickClinicians are also seeing the importance of mobile devices—not only to their patients, but as tools to help them deliver quality care in a more time and cost-efficient manner. According to a survey out of the 2015 HIMSS conference, 54% of those using mobile devices to engage with patients have seen cost-savings.

    The rise of this collaborative approach to healthcare is one of the crucial steps in the journey toward a more time- and cost-efficient, value-based healthcare world. By utilizing mobile devices, which are already an ingrained part of people’s everyday lives, clinicians can tailor delivery of care, while also receiving data that has a real impact on outcomes.

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    • AnnieWalker
      I work in the retail pharmacy side of healthcare and have seen a drastic increase in the use of mobile devices to manage healthcare. Patients can now receive text alerts when their prescriptions are ready or when it is time to refill a maintenance medication. We have also seen patients use the TransferRx app to transfer their prescriptions from store to store. (This is especially helpful for people who travel for business or for college students home on break.) The app is easy to use and actually is less work for the pharmacist on the receiving end. With an increased number of patients utilizing a high deductible insurance plan, we have seen a large upswing in the number of people who use a discount card, instead of their insurance, when they get prescriptions filled. Many people experienced an immense amount of sticker shock when the high deductible plans went into effect and they saw the true price of their medications. The website that we see used most and recommend is medfisher.com. The patient can input medications and can see what price their medication will cost at pharmacies in their zip code. It takes the legwork out of calling around to see which pharmacy has the lowest price. They can get the free voucher one of three ways: email, print or text. I have had quite a few people who will just hand me their phone along with their prescription so I can get the voucher information right then. No hassle of carrying another card or printing something out. I agree with Mr Smithwick that the healthcare industry needs to grow with the times. Let's find a solution that can incorporate innovation and also empower our patients to be more in control of their healthcare.

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