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While Halloween might conjure images of costume-clad kids roaming the neighborhood in search of candy, a different type of "trick or treat" is taking place online for those interested and invested in the mobile healthcare landscape.
A HIMSS virtual event, "The Mobile User Experience, Usability and Design: Impact on Chronic Care," is scheduled to take place from noon to 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The event, featuring three separate presentations, offers insight into the latest "tricks" being employed to integrate mobile health tools into chronic care management programs, and presents as "treats" the experiences of two healthcare providers in developing and implementing successful programs.
The free briefing (registration required) begins at noon ET with "Evaluating the Usability of Medical Applications," a 30-minute session hosted by Andre Black, chief creative officer for Medullan, a Cambridge, Mass.-based healthcare software and services company. The company was featured on mHIMSS.org just last month after releasing a survey that indicated one of every five healthcare organizations pursuing a mobile health initiative has no idea why they're doing it.
In his session, Black will evaluate healthcare apps based on a set of key attributes, assessing their value for both the provider and the patient.
Following Black's session will be "Usability Principles: One Hospital's Experience in Implementing mHealth." This 30-minute session, running from 12:45-1:15 ET, will be led by Glen Geiger, MD, BASc, MASc, MBA, FRCP(C), chief clinical information officer for The Ottawa Hospital.
One of Canada's premier healthcare institutions, the Ottawa Hospital has developed and instituted its own mobile health platform that shies away from the popular "bring your own device" policy and instead issues iPads to its staff. That process was outlined in a commentary piece written by Dale Potter, senior vice president and CIO, and posted on mHIMSS.org this past February.
The briefing will conclude with "Engaging the Underserved Community: Improving Care with Mobile Technology. This 30-minute session, running from 1:30-2 p.m. ET, will be led by Norma Lopez, DO, MMM, a board-certified family physician and former chief medical officer/chief medical information officer of the Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, Mass. He session will focus on understanding the importance of mobile technology in serving those with chronic conditions in underserved populations.
The virtual briefing is produced by the HIMSS Media Group and sponsored by AT&T. To learn more and register, please visit http://www.himssvirtual.org/VB/20121031_VB_mHIMSS.asp.
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