Why mobility in health care is so hot right now

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By Rachel Eckert
SLED consultant
immixGroup, an Arrow company
 
Politics aside, health care could arguably be the largest industry in terms of overall spending. In fact, the health care industry has an estimated 6.9 percent CAGR, according to IDC research.
But health care doesn’t act in a vacuum and leverages a whole host of technologies to deliver care, one of those being mobility. Mobility is a huge and growing market, with worldwide sales forecasted to reach $1.72 trillion by 2021, according to IDC research. The United States will account for nearly one-quarter of all mobility spending, making it the largest geographic market at nearly $392 billion in 2021. The two together, make for a powerful market force
The growth and force of mobility in health care was a recent session topic at the Government IT Sales Summit, hosted and organized by immixGroup, an Arrow company. It’s largely being driven by smartphones and other communication tools, as well as a larger than average aging population and a greater prevalence of chronic diseases. More than 70 percent of clinicians use laptops or smartphones to access health care data.
Two areas of interest for technology companies who sell to state and local governments are telehealth and homelessness.
Here’s what you need to know about what states and localities will be looking for in mobility:

Telehealth

This is all about improving the delivery of health care services in rural areas, areas historically underserved for even the most basic preventative care. Already 26 states have placed a parity law on the books that enable doctors and insurance companies to bill telehealth services the same as in-person services.
States will need to ensure they have adequate broadband to support the cloud-based programs that will be running the services. All of this will need a security wrapper to ensure patient data is kept confidential and secure.

Homelessness

States and major metro areas have been combatting a growing homelessness problem and struggling with ways to help lessen the population. Analyzing that population can help states and metro areas make more informed decisions about programs and activities to help the population.
The technology connection is in the data collection happening in the field that requires software accessible via a mobile device anytime / anywhere. That data is fed back to a central database for analysis. The analysis should be made available to field workers to respond on the fly in real-time.
State and local governments rely on technology in their service to the citizen. Find those critical areas and connect your technology to their needs.
Click here to watch sessions from immixGroup’s Government IT Sales Summit.
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Last modified: May 3, 2019