This week PricewaterhouseCoopers released results of a new survey
which revealed that that, "one-third of Americans would be willing to use their cell phone to track
health information, and about 40 percent said they'd pay for a mobile
phone app that let them refill prescriptions, provided access to health
records or nagged them to take their meds." The survey was completed by 2,000 consumers and 1,000 physicians.
The survey results clearly demonstrate that patients want to access their health information on the go, much like they appreciate mobile access to their work email, bank accounts or favorite retail outlets and restaurants. From the physician perspective, mobile health care information allows doctors to reach more patients, especially those who cannot make it physically into their office.
"Remote and mobile technology is making it possible to move health care
delivery outside the traditional settings of physician offices and
hospitals to wherever patients are," PricewaterhouseCoopers' health
information technology expert Daniel Garrett said in prepared remarks.
"It's bringing back the concept of doctors making house calls."
Its funny to think that something as cutting edge as a mobile application can be compared to the long lost days of house calls! Do you think mobile access to your health care information makes it more personal?