Physicians agreed that the greatest benefit of mobile health would be to help them make decisions faster by accessing more accurate data in real time. One-third of physicians surveyed said they currently make decisions based on incomplete information for seven out of ten patients they see. Only half currently access electronic medical records while visiting and treating their patients.
- Forty percent of physicians said mobile health could reduce office visits by 11 ? 30%, potentially easing the physician shortage, reducing hospital readmission costs, and increasing access for patients who delay care because they don't want to wait for an appointment.
- Forty-five percent of physicians said that Internet visits would expand access to patients, giving them more time to interact with patients.
"The technology of telehealth is well ahead of the socialization of the telehealth idea and we are at a tipping point for utilization to begin taking off," David Jacobson, WellPoint's staff vice president of business development, state sponsored business, says in the report.
All we need now is an app that shows when the cow is done tipping—and has finally fallen over.
PricewaterhouseCoopers' Healthcare Unwired report and survey highlights are available here.