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HIMSS infographic illustrates the state of mobile technologies in healthcare.

Today, HIMSS Analytics released its 3rd Annual Mobile Survey, which examines the mHealth landscape and examines the use of mobile devices in provider patient care improvement initiatives.

The Survey, which reflects the responses of 298 respondents from more than 650 U.S. hospitals, offers examples of progress made and hurdles providers face when integrating mobile technologies into their facilities to improve patient care. Though many providers are still early in their adoption/implementation of mobile technology, respondents indicated that the top benefit to having mobile tech in facilities is increased access to patient information, and the ability to view data from a remote location. Funding limitations top the list for barriers.

Questions in this year’s study were modified to align with the 6 areas of the mHIMSS Roadmap, which include:

  • Legal & Policy
  • Privacy & Security
  • New Care Models
  • ROI & Payment
  • Standards & Interoperability

The infographic below provides a visual representation of key results from the 3rd Annual Mobile Health Survey.

The State of Mobile Health Technologies in Healthcare Today

Key Findings Summary 

Legal & Policy

  • 59 percent have a mobile technology plan.
  • 29 percent are developing a mobile technology plan.
  • HIPAA is the federal legislation that is most likely to impact organizational mHealth environment.

Privacy & Security

  • 95 percent use at least one security tool to secure data on mobile devices.
  • Passwords are the most widespread security device in place.

New Care Models

  • Clinicians are most likely to use technology to support patient care by either:
  • Looking up patient information; or
  • Looking up non PHI (personal health information).
  • For the second consecutive year, pharmacy management topped providers’ lists as the most likely use of mobile technologies, including medication reminders or medication reconciliation.


  • App development is mostly handled by vendors or third party vendors.
  • More than half of provider respondents indicate they would expand their use of apps in the future.
  • One-third of respondents offer apps for patient/consumer use, up from 14 percent a year ago.
  • 62 percent indicated that they offer patients access to at least one of the mobile tools identified in the research, including patient portals, telehealth services and remote monitoring devices.

ROI & Payment

  • Just half formally measure ROI related to their mobile technology investments.
  • A mere third of respondents evaluate the total cost of ownership as it relates to their mobile strategy.

Standards & Interoperability

  • Only 22 percent indicated that three-quarters of the data captured by mobile devices was integrated into the organization’s EMR.
  • Most respondents can access data from clinical systems via mobile devices and clinicians are the most like to do this via Internet access using a VPN.
  • More than half of the respondents indicate that alerts/notifications from remote monitoring devices are delivered via an EMR/clinical system alert.
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