A perfect storm is brewing in the healthcare industry, and it has the potential to lead us into a new era.  Innovative processes and technology are replacing inefficient practices, and they all have an important common denominator: the patient. Putting the patient at the center of the discussion allows us to bring forward engaging technology, where they can be more in control of their health.

At AT&T we define innovation as transformation. Using a patient-centered approach – in collaboration with doctors, providers and payers – we aim to transform the healthcare industry with mobile solutions. This mobile technology can be accessed anywhere to manage your health, which isn’t always in the hospital, but also at home or work.

Now is the right time to mobilize patient care, and here’s why:

Timing is everything

There is no doubt that technology is the enabler of better care and efficiencies. Policymakers are demanding a digital transformation to improve patient care. And we now have a new generation of doctors who are digital natives. Texting is second nature to them, and video conferencing is a regular part of their lives. Technology is a natural implementation in their daily work routine. Additionally, gone are the days of dial-up connections and slow internet speeds. With the 4G network, bandwidth and speed are no longer big issues.  We are beginning to see sound solutions that have the power to deliver more efficiency for doctors and engage patients in their own healthcare planning. The time for transformative technology truly is now!

Devices rule

Using a phone to simply track appointments and send text messages is old school. We now use our devices as music players, photo albums, alarm clocks and social media tools. This mobile culture makes our devices a logical launch pad for patient-centric mhealth solutions and the network takes healthcare solutions to the next level. It means solutions like remote patient monitoring and personalized emergency response systems can be mobilized and have greater capability of tracking and delivering data. Your device is not only an extension of your well-being but also a gateway to a more comprehensive, accurate and effective care experience.

Data delivers

To achieve the type of mass adoption of mHealth technology that’s necessary, we need to move beyond just offering apps and devices.  The goal is to deliver access to data that improves efficiencies for physicians and providers.  Physicians are often only informed by the data a patient provides during a ten-minute office visit. Technology is changing the way we diagnose and provide healthcare plans for patients by streamlining the delivery of critical healthcare information. With new healthcare information systems, we are able to ensure that physicians and providers can work together to manage diseases and personalize care for each patient.  We now have better access to information and improved processes that lead to better engagement and ultimately better relationships with patients.

Technology is no longer an issue. Device availability is no longer an issue, nor is data delivery. What are emerging are personalized healthcare solutions that will transform healthcare delivery, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

I recently gave an interview on mHealth Zone Live radio that talks more about what’s next for mobile technology and the value of mHealth solutions for patient care. Please listen in, and let me know your thoughts on the future of mobile technology.