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Meeting the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) goal of full interoperability in less than a decade would be a great challenge for U.S. healthcare providers under any circumstances.
Add to the mix mobile health technology – with its own mandated and evolving requirements for data privacy – and that challenge is compounded.
But mobile health technology (or mHealth) isn’t going away because it provides a critical tool with which healthcare providers and patients can communicate and share data. In fact, full health IT interoperability already is impossible without securely integrating mHealth technology and data into EHRs and health information exchanges.
As mHealthIntelligence’s Vera Gruessner writes, the emergence of mobile health wearables, apps and remote monitoring tools is creating “a changing regulatory landscape, which medical providers will need to navigate in order to successfully improve patient care and health outcomes.”
Mobile Health Regulations Could Strengthen Interoperability