At a recent healthcare conference, former White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said mobile phone technology has become “the central design principle for patient engagement.”
We at Modern Healthcare agree, but we were curious. What mobile healthcare technology is most favored by healthcare providers today? To help us answer that question, we asked a select group of providers if they use a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or tablet as part of their work.
We also asked them to identify, in their opinion, the three most important mobile healthcare applications, listing them in rank order of importance, with 3 points given to the No. 1 app, 2 points to the No. 2 app and 1 point to the No. 3 app. Scores for each app were totaled and ranked highest to lowest.
Solicitations to participate in the survey were e-mailed to providers on our subscription list and also sent, with the cooperation of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, to their members. We began the online survey Oct. 24 and wrapped it up Nov. 21.
We received 74 responses from survey participants, who submitted 177 recommendations for their top three applications (some participants did not recommend three), including 97 applications in 27 categories.
Four advisers reviewed the raw survey data, the categorization and ranking methodology and commented on the final results, including their selections (or in one case, future selections) of their own most important mobile healthcare app.
The reviewers include two members of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Clinical Informaticists for 2012: Dr. William Bria, chief medical officer at Dataskill, San Diego, and president of AMDIS, as well as Dr. Ken Ong, chief medical informatics officer at New York Hospital Queens. Also reviewing our findings were Chad Brisendine, vice president and chief information officer at St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pa., also a member of CHIME, and Dr. Andrew Steele, director of medical informatics at Denver Health.