Thursday, September 09, 2010

Reflecting on #hcsd10 - HealthCamp San Diego

I am traveling back from another very successful HealthCamp event. Thanks to the hard work of Gregg Masters (@2healthguru), Mike Kirkwood (@mikekirkwood) and their team of volunteer organizers (especially the crew from Kaiser Permanente) HealthCamp San Diego proved tk be another high energy event, this time preceding the second mHealth networking conference. HealthCamp San Diego attracted bloggers, mobile experts, physicians and entrepreneurs who all shared a common passion - improving healthcare. The association with the mHealth conference placed a strong emphasis for the day on mobile health and the engaged consumer/patient. This made for some great conversation. What can we learn from the discussions?
- information needs to be actionable
- we need to be able to provide personalized filters to manage the data flow
- devices and sensors need to adapt to users and not force the user to adapt to them
- physicians, clinicians and patients are all mobile and mobile devices need to support them
- physicians are adopting smartphones and iPads rapidly
- we need to build trust between patients and the medical community.
- As consumer telemedicine devices are adopted the Data needs to be collected in the patient's PHR and the medical community needs to become comfortable with using the information that is collected
- when the patient and their PHR are put at the center issues like HIPAA become a lot simpler.

One thing that seemed clear to me as I reflect on HealthCamp San Diego....

There are a lot of great technologists thinking about what mHealth means for better healthcare - but no one has a lock on what that really means.

Now is the time for consumers to voice their opinions by joining this conversation. Both doctors and patients need mobile solutions to provide actionable information, in context (of both time and place) in a way that the information can flow to and from others applications and be openly but securely shared ( under the direction of the patient - or their nominee) in a trusted relationship that leads to better outcomes for the patient.

Mark Scrimshire
....Sent from my iPhone