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Steven Steinhubl, MD
Director of Digital Medicine
Scripps Translational Science Institute
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iHT² Health IT Summit San Diego - “Medicine Unplugged: Bringing the Solution to the Problem through Mobile Medicine” with Steven Steinhubl, MD, Director of Digital Medicine, Scripps Translational Science Institute, Clinical Cardiologist, Scripps Health
Extraordinary advancements in mobile technology and connectivity over the last several decades have provided the foundation needed to dramatically change the way healthcare is currently practiced. While the utilization of mobile telecommunication technologies for the delivery of healthcare (mobile health, or mHealth), is still in its earliest stages of development, the evidence supporting its potential to impact the delivery of care, to improve outcomes and lower costs is apparent. For healthcare consumers, mHealth technologies can allow for the more convenient, rapid and personalized diagnosis of some of the most common acute symptomatic illnesses. In individuals with chronic medical conditions, who account for nearly 90% of healthcare spending, mHealth technologies can transform their care through improved monitoring, tracking, and engagement of critical biometrics during routine daily activities, not only in doctor’s offices. In addition, despite greatly empowering patients to better care for themselves, this transformation in care will actually reinforce the doctor-patient relationship by allowing physicians to re-establish their role as diagnostician and educator for their patients. mHealth technologies have the potential to radically change every aspect of the healthcare environment but clinical trial evidence of its overall benefit to the patient and the healthcare system are still needed.
∙ Be able to incorporate mobile health technologies into current practice.
∙ Explain to patients and colleagues the current gaps in care that can be better managed with mobile technologies
∙ List 4 devices under development that may contribute to the re-engineering of healthcare in the future.