By STEPHANIE BAUM MedCity News
Mount Sinai’s unveiling of its mobile health app delivery platform, RxUniverse, was a milestone for the health system. But it’s also part of a wider strategy to support other health systems seeking to implement a mobile component to care delivery. The number of healthcare organizations putting mobile strategies in place has spiked in the past year to 82 percent compared with 52 percent across commercial industries only one year ago, according to a survey by open source software developer Red Hat.
The spike would appear to be connected to 78 percent of survey participants achieving positive ROI from mobile app investments. But the ramp up in mobile strategies comes with some vexing security concerns.
Red Hat commissioned research firm Vanson Bourne to survey 200 IT decision makers from public and private healthcare, life science and pharmaceutical organizations in the U.S., UK, France, and Germany.
The biggest drivers behind app development are:
- Improving productivity for healthcare organizations (63 percent U.S. respondents);
- Healthcare provider demand for better patient engagement and care (60 percent U.S. respondents); and
- Patient and health plan members’ demand for mobile apps (56 percent U.S. respondents).