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Big Data and Mobile Health

By Jay Backstrom February 27, 2013

As I discussed in my last blog post Big Data Enables Chronic Condition Management  I am spending some time examining the ways in which Big Data captured and processed in an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems can transform how healthcare providers deliver care to their patients. In particular with HIMSS kicking off next week I wanted to examine how EMR systems can be used to deliver mobile health to clinicians and patients.

Healthcare provider IT organizations are facing the constant challenge of trying to meet the needs of clinicians, who are vying for always accessible mobile systems for the administration of patient care. Mobile access to information is critical for clinician success and for efficient care delivery.  As care networks continue to expand, healthcare provider IT organizations need to be able to provide information access to physician partners beyond the firewall.

Healthcare IT practitioners are trying to find the answer to the question, how do I leverage the EMR Big Data I captured and use it in my mHealth environment?  Virtualized desktops and the ability to mobile enable the EMR with add-ons present the highest probability for driving a radical change in the way care is delivered. mobile health not only provides more options for clinicians; but it opens the door for different types of outpatient care opportunities and is proving itself as a noteworthy candidate to bridge the continuum of care.

As seen in the World Health Organization graphic below the demand for mobile health solutions is unique in the fact that it comes from both patients and providers and is across competencies.  Adding a mobile solution to an EMR system takes the system to a new level of functionality and can vastly improve the clinician / patient relationship.  In addition to the improvement in relationship, mobile health strategies enable a patient user experience that encourages  proactive and constant monitoring of the patients health. This big data can be fed back into the EMR, analyzed and used to recommend treatment protocols.

Our customers are always looking for ways to improve the clinician mobile experience while Healthcare IT practicioners are looking for stability and quicker standard end user deployment.  EMC Global Services offers End User Computing Optimization services that have improved clinician access outside the firewall while ensuring compliance. Our services offer an enhanced clinician experience with EMR applications while standardizing deployment and management.

Read more about this and other ways big data improves healthcare outcomes in my latest white paper Big Data Transforms EMR or visit EMC Global Services at HIMSS 2013 booth #741 to learn more.

About Jay Backstrom


Jay Backstrom, national practice leader with EMC Global Services Health Sciences consulting division.

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