Wednesday, December 28, 2011
My 2012 Prediction: Action Not Theory
I predict that 2012 will be a year of actions and not just theory in mobile health. This is primarily due to a realignment of payment incentives (or lack of payment) by the Affordable Care Act which will go into action in October. Starting in October, hospitals will be financially penalized for readmitting Medicare patients whose relapses were preventable. Low-cost technology tools such as mobile health programs or remote monitoring devices will pay for themselves — and then some — if they prevent even a single $10,000 hospital readmission. It is just simple math.
Therefore, I predict that hospital systems and payors will be turning more and more to evidence-based mobile health purchases and implementations that affect health outcomes. My partner Duet Health and the EndoGoddess app are now speaking with several different collaborating partners and will fill you in with details when things become official so stay tuned! Watch for exciting developments for patient-centered, outcome-centered mobile intervention ACTION in 2012!