Governmental processes affecting mHealth

Posted on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 – 05:58 am at |

There have been some big governmental processes in the news lately which will have a huge impact on mHealth. That’s right, India is finally going ahead with its 3G spectrum auction. Slated for April 9, the auction will be followed with a broadband wireless access auction a couple of days later.

After many years, VoiceCon has decided to change its name to Enterprise Connect. In part due to the fact that this year’s conference placed its focus on cross-firm collaboration workspaces, with an emphasis on pulling in social media and networking feeds, or creating internal versions of such.

I write "pull" because it reminded me of the book by David Siegel, a taste of which you can get at Paul Miller’s podcast with David (pay special attention to minute 32 and his comments about ICD gaming if you happen to be in the code conversion wars). Cross-firm collaboration ideally will become cross-organization in the electronic health exchange arena, but again, all of these interfaces are mainly targeted to screens of the laptop and desktop size variety. Handhelds still get short shrift in the collaboratory workspaces, imho.

In the U.S., some governmental changes have occurred as well. If you scan the reconciliation bill you’ll find the concept of mHealth couched in the references to Internet Web sites, telehealth, telemedicine, telemedicine practitioner, Joint Commission Standards for Telemedicine, Internet pharmacy, face-to-face encounter (including through use of telehealth…); and "patient decision aid" means an educational tool (such as the Internet, a video, or a pamphlet). Sec. 1191 holds the main telehealth expansion and enhancements language.

The senate bill mentions wireless patient technology, remote monitoring, cellular phones, e-mail, other media, mobile diagnostic technology, electronic health information systems, among other relevant phrases.