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Feb 8 2013   1:16PM GMT

Survey says: Physicians value mobile health apps



Posted by: EmilyHuizenga
EHR, mHealth, Mobile devices

An overwhelming majority (93%) of doctors said they find value in having a mobile health app connected to EHRs – and the same number believe mobile health apps can improve a patient’s health outcome, a new eClinicalWorks survey of 649 physicians reveals. Some 80% said they’d likely recommend a mobile health app to a patient.

The survey, conducted online by the ambulatory EHR vendor, garnered responses from 2,291 health care professionals overall between Jan. 18 and 24.

As cited by physicians and reported in the survey, the top benefits for having a mobile health app feed data back into a patient’s electronic health record are:

  • Nearly six in ten physicians (58%) said a top benefit was the ability to provide patients with automatic appointment alerts and reminders. In fact, six in ten physicians also said that at least half of their patients would be interested in appointment reminders via a mobile app;
  • Nearly half of physicians cited a patient’s access to medical records is a top benefit; and
  • The ease of scheduling appointments.

Moreover, according to physicians, the top three health issues respondents believe could be impacted by linking a mobile health app to an EHR include:

  • Medication adherence (65%)
  • Diabetes care (54%)
  •  Preventative care (52%)

eClinicalWorks released the results alongside an announcement that the company will be investing $25 million over the next 12 months in attempt to further patient engagement tools. The initiative’s first product, a free mobile app for patients, will be available for iOS and Android later this month.

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