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Mobile health (mHealth) tools have the potential to play a pivotal role in fostering a sense of greater patient engagement within underserved populations. By facilitating patient use of mHealth applications in collaboration with electronic health record (EHR) and personal health record (PHR) systems there is an opportunity to empower individuals to take a more active role toward managing their health conditions.

The proliferation of consumer mobile health applications and devices is creating new opprotunities for engaging patients in their care and leaves little doubt as to the impact that these tools will have on the way that people manage their health, health information, and health communications with their care providers, family and friends. This shift to increased self-management of health by consumers will change a patient’s relationship with their doctor and the way healthcare is practiced.
The current laws and standards in place to ensure patient’s privacy and health information security will need further review to determine whether mobile health technologies create unique situations that are not yet addressed. This poses many challenges for health centers as to how best to support patient use of these tools and ways in which to incorporate them into their own clincial support systems.

Mobile health characterizes a shift in the point of care for the patient. The point of care has classically been located at the hospital or clinic. Mobile health is beginning to shift this model so that the point of care is more frequently a matter of where the person happens to be located at that time, consequently providing opportunities for more timely care. It is also important to note that these tools help to increase the accessibility of Healthcare to populations where direct access to Healthcare professionals is limited and so health management is more frequently left in the hands of the consumer.

The tools provide in this resource cover a range of different mobile health tools, strategies, and guidelines for consideration as Health Centers seek to leverage these technologies to better engage and activate their patients.

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Mobile Technology Applications for Agricultural Worker Health Interventions
Mobile Technology Applications for Agricultural Worker Health Interventions

Mobile Technology Applications for Agricultural Worker Health Interventions

Growing numbers of agricultural workers use mobile phones, which presents an opportunity to engage them in healthy behavior interventions. This webinar brings together experts with experience in using mobile technology in agricultural worker communities. 

Mobile Device Security: Managing Cloud-based & Hybrid Solutions in Healthcare Settings
Mobile Device Security: Managing Cloud-based & Hybrid Solutions in Healthcare Settings

Mobile Device Security: Managing Cloud-based & Hybrid Solutions in Healthcare Settings

Many times when we think of mobile health it is in the terms of patient engagement and communication, but it is important for Health Centers to also be familiar with privacy and security concerns as it relates to mobile devices used by providers and staff.

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCOE) has recently provided two new resources that cover movile device security and a catalogue of currently known threats. Both items are available for download from the NCCOE website.

Developing a Framework for Evaluating the Patient Engagement, Quality, and Safety of Mobile Health Applications
Developing a Framework for Evaluating the Patient Engagement, Quality, and Safety of Mobile Health Applications

Developing a Framework for Evaluating the Patient Engagement, Quality, and Safety of Mobile Health Applications

This report from the Connonwealth Fund provides researchers and organizations with methods for evaluating effectiveness, safety, quality, and opportunities to better engage patients in self-management of their health.

The domain of patient engagement within mobile health was defined as "the ability for apps to enable collaboration, activation and participation, information-sharing, and decision-making in one’s own health."

 

Managing Chronic Disease with #mHealth
Managing Chronic Disease with #mHealth

Managing Chronic Disease with #mHealth

This HIMSS article published in 2014 discusses opportunities for use of Mobile Health tools for helping people better manage chronic illnesses. The authors identify that "mHealth offers patients a greater sense of connectedness to care providers, improved sense of well-being and increased satisfaction with the care experience."

Using Patient-Generated Health Data From Mobile Technologies for Diabetes Self-Management Support
Using Patient-Generated Health Data From Mobile Technologies for Diabetes Self-Management Support

Using Patient-Generated Health Data From Mobile Technologies for Diabetes Self-Management Support

Patient generated data (PGD) via mobile health devices provides opportunities for better understanding of lifestyle behaviors of patients and social determinants of health. Authors of this article identified potential opportunities in use of PGD included agenda setting, self-care, and identification of potential social and lifestyle barriers.

Perfecting E-Prescribing
Perfecting E-Prescribing

Perfecting E-Prescribing

Surescripts is leading an industry wide effort to improve the quality and increase the value of ePrescribing. We will discuss the importance of analyzing every prescription for quality and completeness to ensure safety and quality of the ePrescribing process.

Mobile Technology Applications for Agricultural Worker Health Interventions
Mobile Technology Applications for Agricultural Worker Health Interventions

Mobile Technology Applications for Agricultural Worker Health Interventions

Growing numbers of agricultural workers use mobile phones, which presents an opportunity to engage them in healthy behavior interventions. This webinar brings together experts with experience in using mobile technology in agricultural worker communities. Panelists will discuss highlights and lessons learned from their research, as well as potential resource challenges. At the end of this webinar, health center staff and others will have tools for effectively engaging agricultural worker communities with mobile health platforms.

Panelists: Amy Snipes, Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Director of the BioQualitative Laboratory, Penn State; Iana Simeonov, Digital Health Strategist and Consultant, Public Health Institute

Moderator: Matt Clark, Farmworker Justice

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Acknowledgements

This resource collection was cultivated and developed by the HITEQ team with valuable suggestions and contributions from HITEQ Project collaborators.

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