Innovation vs. resistance

The power and potential of mHealth is blocked by significant barriers, from technology to conservative culture, and from incentive structures to regulations.

The technology barrier

  • Doctors list privacy and security as key barriers to mHealth. The cost for the complete upheaval of data and security could be huge.

  • Only around half of doctors believe that the mobile internet at their workplace are secure

How secure do you consider your mobile Internet access at work?

  • How I seek information on health issues
  • How healthcare providers or services send me general healthcare information
  • How I manage my overall health (eg, track my weight and exercise)
  • How I measure and share my vital health information (eg, heart rate, blood glucose)
  • How I manage my medication
  • How I manage any chronic conditions that I have
  • How my healthcare providers and I communicate about my overall health or chronic condition
  • How my healthcare providers monitor my condition and my compliance with directions
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  • Doctors list privacy and security as key barriers to mHealth. The cost for the complete upheaval of data and security could be huge.

  • Only around half of doctors believe that the mobile internet at their workplace are secure

Are the mHealth applications and services you use at your organisation well integrated with any of the following?

  • IT systems of my organisation (eg, the medical practice where I work)
  • IT systems of local hospitals and clinics
  • IT system of the national healthcare system in my country
  • IT systems accessible by colleagues in other organisations (eg, academia, other medical practices)
  • Health data systems that patients can access directly
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Disparate systems and rapidly changing consumer technology also make it very difficult to align and update technology.

The conservative culture barrier

  • 27% of doctors and 26% of payers say an inherently conservative culture in healthcare is a leading barrier to mHealth.

  • Yet this level of caution is almost a necessity when innovation poses a risk to human health.

The size and complexity barrier

  • Healthcare is vast and fragmented, characterised by diffuse decision-making centres.

  • State control also means a lack of investment in technology...governments need to invest in technology to catch up.

The regulation barrier

45% of doctors believe outdated regulations from earlier technology is holding up mHealth.