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Why are physicians – especially those in single or smaller practices – hesitant to embrace mHealth, even as they and their patients are acquiring smartphones and tablets in record numbers?
Are they loathe to change their tried-and-true workflows, even if those very same rituals end up costing them valuable time and money? Are they worried that mHealth and telehealth are just passing fads, expected to fade into the sunset alongside the 8-track cassette player and the rotary phone?
Maybe they just need a push. Or the right advice.
mHIMSS.org, in conjunction with Healthcare IT News, is convening a breakfast panel of executives at next month's mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C., that will explore this issue in detail. The session, "mPowering the Physician in the Era of Patient-Directed Healthcare," will take place from 7:30-8:45 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, right before the opening keynote to the 2012 mHealth Summit at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
Andrew Watson, medical director of the Center for Connected Medicine in Pittsburgh, will moderate the forum. Watson, a practicing surgeon at UPMC and vice president of its International and Commercial Services Division, is a popular speaker and panelist on the mHealth/telehealth circuit. Joining him will be Marc Probst, chief information officer and vice president of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare and a member of the Federal health Information Technology Policy Committee; and Orlando Portale, chief innovation officer at San Diego-based Palomar Health and a leader of that system's mHealth initiatives, which include some groundbreaking work on mobile EHR platform for physicians and a collaboration with AirStrip.
Aside from representing three different time zones and climates, the panelists represent three acknowledged institutional leaders in the adoption of mHealth initiatives and programs by the provider community. They'll be able to talk about their own programs and about the challenges faced not only by physicians joining an integrated network, but by those on the outside looking in, hoping to remain small and independent while still taking part in health information exchange.
The breakfast panel discussion (did I mention it includes breakfast?) requires a separate registration, and can be accessed at the mHealth Summit 2012 web site, at http://www.mhealthsummit.org/
Not a bad way to begin the summit, if you ask me.
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