In recent times, the development and expansion of mobile healthcare technologies promises to innovate and improve the ways you receive your healthcare. In 2009, President Barack Obama helped catalyze this move toward mobile healthcare solutions when he signed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or the Hitech Act, which provides $27 billion in incentives for digital health records.
Mobile health apps are more efficient and convenient for both doctors and their patients. As early as the late 1990s, Danish doctors were reporting that electronic prescriptions and lab reports were saving them an average of 30 minutes each day.
One of the most important areas of development within these mobile medical solutions is providing HIPAA-compliant communication between physicians and their patients. In 1996, HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was enacted by the U.S. Congress and President Bill Clinton. This act is known for establishing standards for electronic health care data and transactions. These days, Health 2.0 includes advanced concepts like telemedicine, electronic medical records and mobile health apps, among many others.
If you don’t have access to a smartphone, you might still be able to take advantage of HIPAA-compliant text messaging. These secure texts are encrypted and self-destruct after a certain period of time, making sure your privacy is preserved in all text messaging in healthcare.
Mobile healthcare solutions are becoming a great way for you to save time. It’s an exciting field that’s still developing! Be sure to talk to your doctor about HIPAA-compliant apps, texts and mobile healthcare solutions at your next appointment. Reference links.