“More than 99.95% of our time is spent outside of clinics and hospitals. Health is where you live, work, and play.” – John Mattison, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO), Kaiser Permanente Southern California
The health care space was redefined recently at a pair of meetings that brought together a wonderful mix of industry, tech, and health care thought-leaders: Healthcamp San Diego and the 2nd mHealth Networking Conference, put on by the mHealth Initiative Inc.
Health care no longer only takes place with us seated on a sheet of white tissue paper in a room that features magazines from 2007. The health care space now comprises individuals monitoring their vitals in their living rooms and client-provider conversations taking place via email and phone. Health care is becoming less about waiting rooms, hospital gowns and illness, and more about family, backyards and, um, health.
Health care is increasingly being recognized as a series of small micro-choices (think salad bars, grocery store aisles, and the classic elevator vs. stairwell combo) that take place every day where we live, work, and play.
This is an extremely important distinction because:
- the focus is on health and not illness ~ it’s wellness driven,
- the focus on the individual and not medical providers ~ it’s consumer driven.
And by our side 24/7 is a device that is available to help us make micro-decisions, converse with our health care team, track our vitals, and provide relevant health information. This is the essence of mobile health – the right information, in the right place, at the right time. The individual is at the center of their own health.
“You used to bring the patient to the doctor. Now you take the doctor, hospital, and entire healthcare ecosystem to the patient.”
– Healthcare Unwired, PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute, Sept 2010
More coverage of the meetings:
- Gregg Masters (@2healthguru) Live from the 2nd Annual mHealth Networking Conference (BlogTalkRadio)
- Dr. Joseph Kim (@DrJosephKim) #mHealth: Hype or Reality? What needs to be done?
- HCP Live (@HCPLive) R U Interested? Highlights from Day One at mHealth’s San Diego Conference
- Mark Scrimshire (@ekive) Reflecting on #hcsd10 – HealthCamp San Diego
PricewaterhouseCoopers Report and coverage
- Healthcare unwired: New business models delivering care anywhere. PwC report, September, 2010
- Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker), Health Populi, Healthcare unwired: nearly half of US consumers are willing to pay.
- John Moore (@john_chilmark), Chilmark Research, Is the mHealth hype justified?