Every new healthcare app or fledgling technology is like a sunny window into the future: Could virtual reality replace opioids for pain relief, as proposed by startup DeepStream VR? Might smart contact lenses, under development by Verily (aka Google) and Novartis, soon measure blood sugar levels in tears, eliminating painful finger pricks for people with diabetes?
Today’s healthcare leaders are faced with challenges in managing the financial health of their organizations; especially in response to the expansion of quality reporting, meaningful use and other penalties. They are looking for ways to improve the health of their patients, and condition-specific populations, at a reasonable cost. Increasingly they hear about the importance of patient-centeredness and the most effective of these leaders are recognizing the connection to digital health tools.
You can lead a health care consumer to your mobile app, but you can’t make them use it, suggests a new report from consulting firm Accenture. It found, in a survey of 100 large U.S. hospitals, that just 2 percent of their patients are using hospital-provided mobile apps, even though two-thirds of the hospitals made them available.