Secure Messaging, mHealth Apps and Guiding Principles for Patient Centered Care

In a recently published white paper on patient centered care, the HCTTF (Health Care Transformation Task Force1) identified the need to put the ‘person’ at the center of care and health services. This excerpt is from ‘Guiding Principle #5’:

“Person-centered, value-driven health services networks use alternative payment and care delivery models that accelerate the effective use of person-centered health information technology (Health IT).

  1. Person-centered Health IT:
    1. Puts the consumer at the center of accessing, managing, and sharing their electronic health information wherever they receive care
    2. Includes appropriate privacy and security safeguards for all parties”

As a company the enables the secure exchange of electronic health information inside of mobile apps – this of course resonates well with the DataMotion Health team, but we suspect most anyone that has navigated a serious or debilitating illness themselves, or has helped a family member through it will relate to this – and perhaps on a visceral level.

It seems everyone has a story to tell of shuttling between care settings and care providers, diagnostic centers and labs, and trying to keep all the clinicians informed of the latest results, medications, treatments and diagnoses. It’s a painful process, and statistically, a person with a chronic illness or other serious health condition will be treated by seven different doctors during the course of care, and often each one has a different EHR system for collecting and storing the patient’s information. Corralling all that information is no small task, but there’s reason for hope.

DataMotion Health is working with several ‘PHR’ – personal health record solution providers developing mobile apps that will give a person/patient control and access to their medical records – and of course the ability to share them with their care team on demand using a variety of secure messaging delivery methods. Interoperability with disparate EHR systems for the data collection plays a key role in putting the person at the center of their care, and in patient-centered HIT, as will a heightened awareness of HIPAA rules for requesting and receiving patient records. For the mobile app developer, RESTful APIs for secure health information delivery services help make it all happen!

1 The HCTTF is “an industry consortium that brings together patients, payers, providers, and purchasers to align private and public sector efforts to clear the way for a sweeping transformation of the U.S. health care system.  Each Task Force member commits to rapid, measurable change, both for their organization and the country. Our payer and provider members also aspire to having 75 percent of their respective business operating under Triple Aim value-based payment arrangements by 2020.”
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