mHealth News Bytes: mHealth Initiative in Africa, Mobile Tech Improves Health Monitoring, Boost Mobile Health Care Adoption

 

Health eVillages launches new mHealth initiative in Africa

An organization by the name of Health eVillagers introduces a new mHealth program in Africa. This program aims to deliver video learning and continuing education tools for medical professionals to help them be informed of the newest clinical procedures. Fully loaded handheld devices were provided equipped with specialized medical reference content and clinical decision support tools.

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£4.7m health tech funding on offer

Northern Ireland offers a great deal of funding to companies willing to invest in innovations and cutting edge technologies for patient’s healthcare. This aims to attract investors in lined with health to do their studies and research in Northern Ireland.

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mHealth technology improves monitoring and therefore cuts costs in healthcare industry

 The Healthcare industry can cut costs with the aid of mHealth Technology. Hospitals can monitor their consumer devices at home via broadband access, thus eventually reduces the costs needed to perform the process.

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An app a day to keep the doctor away?

mHealth improves the way consumers gain health related information via any App driven devices available. Gadgets such as smartphones can be used to monitor their health and fitness, look for counselling and other possibilities easily just by simply accessing the web in their devices.

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How to boost adoption of mobile health care, by report

To improve the adoption to mobile health care, manoeuvring the major obstacle of general notion of change in the healthcare industry is needed.  Healthcare and mHealth works hand in hand in delivering services to consumers in a faster, convenient ,better and cost-efficient way.

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How to Get Positive ROI from Mobile Worker Text Messaging Software in Less than 300 Words

Mobile Text Messaging = ROI in Business Communications

This morning I received an email from a VP of Service (let’s call him Robert) at a company that supplies, installs and supports office technologies with a team of sales reps and service technicians out in the field on client visits.

It said…

“Noel,

In 300 words or less – please give me the ‘Mosio for Dummies’ explanation of what your product does and how I can get an ROI on paying this amount each month.

Robert”

My reply…

Hi Robert,

In 167 words (290 if you include the 2 customer testimonials below my name)…
Our customers use Mosio’s FieldForce to exchange text messages with mobile workers from our secure website. These companies, like most, use the phone, email and other communication tools as well, probably like yours, but text messaging enables them to save time over phone calls, leaving, listening to and jotting down info from voicemails when they are giving status updates, asking questions or placing orders.

Simply put, it combines the time saving elements of texting (which 73% of mobile users do) with a hosted software solution for managers, dispatch or support in a business communications setting.

Positive Return on Investment:
Our customers are seeing ROI by noticing a huge reduction in the amount of phone calls and “voicemail tag” with their workforce out in the field. Many Mosio clients launch the system to a smaller, test group and then roll it out to everyone after that to see how it goes. I’ve listed two client testimonials below which show anecdotal ROI stories from happy Mosio clients.

Noel

“Mosio’s FieldForce has been great for us. It enables us to maintain regular contact with our associates without spending a lot of time tied up talking on the phone or returning calls.” — Tim Gross, U.S. Remodelers

“FieldForce offers a convenient and effective way for our merchandisers and managers to communicate when they are out in the field or in stores where there is a high noise level.  The quality, price and value of the service are excellent.  The program was very easy to set up and the Mosio Team is friendly, dependable and very responsive. FieldForce has proved to be an asset to our company in providing excellent Customer Service to our customers and employees.  ” — Sherrie Arnold, ATA Retail Services

His reply to my reply…

Noel- you did very well.  I will forward this on to our Director of IT for his input and let you know if we are interested in further discussion.
Thank you very much.
Robert

I appreciated Robert’s challenge as well as his response. We love Directors of IT and anyone else making decisions in technology for their companies, but we designed our software to have the lowest IT footprint possible. Mosio is web-based, secure, uses the text messaging capabilities of any mobile phone with text messages sent or received from any internet connected computer or tablet. ROI is the most important part of any business technology. Whether or not you use Mosio’s FieldForce, using text messaging to communicate with your workforce will absolutely provide you with cost savings over phone calls and voicemail.

Eight Mobile Apps for Nursing Students

Mobile technologies have been in the healthcare industry for awhile now, but with the mobile phone more popular than ever, it makes sense that those in school can use technology to their advantages. This guest post about mobile apps for nursing students is from Jessica Bosari who writes for Allied Health World.

Eight Mobile Apps for Nursing Students

Nursing students have dozens of iPhone and iPad apps from which to choose. These apps provide quick information on everything from medical terms to medication guides.

Epocrates

The Epocrates apps come in three different levels. You can purchase the Essentials Deluxe app for $199 per year, Essentials for $159 per year, or RX Pro for $99 per year. If you’re a student on a budget, they also offer free apps like RX Free and Mobile Resource Centers Free. All of the apps provide up to date information about caring for patients.

Davis Drug Guide

This $39.95 app provides the latest information about medications on the market today. The more than 5,000 listed medications are easily cross-referenced. You can customize the app with bookmarks, and the app provides access to the latest drug information from the FDA.

NCLEX Lite

For .99 cents you can have a portable quiz card system on your iPad or iPhone to help you prepare for the NCLEX. The app will provide randomized questions and answers so that you can practice with fresh material each time you take a new quiz.

Eponyms

Eponyms is a free app that contains hundreds of definitions and descriptions of medical eponyms. You can search the index alphabetically, or look or specific terms individually. Searching for a general term will bring up results that include that term in the description or in the title of the eponym. This is an excellent tool for a nursing student who needs to look up eponyms quickly.

Nursing Essentials

This $5.99 app is an overview of many of the topics a nursing student would need to access for almost any part of the program. It includes photos, diagrams, lists, and descriptions divided into different classification. There is a respiratory section, cardiac section, neurological section, and a section for medical emergencies. The overall assessment section provides standard information that is useful in the classroom or at the bedside.

Micromedix Drug Information

This free app helps with drug names and classifications. Nurses can search through hundreds of drugs that are currently in use and click on a toggle button to see under what class each medication falls. The only problem with this app is that it takes you back to the home screen when you close it and open it again rather than remembering where you were. Otherwise, it is a handy, easy-to-use drug reference tool.

Nursing Central

This $159.99 nursing app is like having a complete nursing school manual in your iPhone or iPad. It contains information about diseases, drugs, and testing that would be important for any nursing student. It also includes 60,000 medical terms and access to a comprehensive online database.

Five Minute Clinical Consult

For $99.95, this app provides simple guidance for handling hundreds of different kinds of medical conditions. It also includes diagnostic tools and sections devoted entirely to pediatrics. The app does not need an internet connection to enjoy full access to all of its features.

Jessica Bosari writes about technology for nursing students at AlliedHealthWorld.com The site helps students find the medical career information such as the average medical billing and coding salary.

8 Great Text Messaging Uses for Communicating with Field Technicians

Working out in the field can be stressful and time consuming. For businesses who depend on the efficiency of technicians to increase revenues, every minute counts. Text messaging offers significant advantages over phone calls when it comes to communicating in the field, including time-shifting (enabling each party to reply when it’s convenient for them), avoiding “voicemail tag” and quick sharing of information with anyone needing to repeat it or write it down.

The most important thing for companies to consider when using text messaging is to use a system that makes it efficient for them to receive and respond to text messages from field technicians. There’s no point in your managers/dispatchers to be sitting in the office texting when they can type on a keyboard as well.

8 great uses of text messaging for communicating with field technicians.

1. Status Updates
Enabling technicians to report quickly from the field provides managers/dispatch with real-time information about how things are going without hounding or spending any time on the phone.

2. Upsell Opportunities
There is no greater opportunity to offer a client new products or services than when you are at their location in front of them. Text messaging lets companies provide their technicians with opportunities to offer specific additional services to customers based on their purchase history or needs.

3. Where’s my next job?
It seems simple, but so much time can be saved using text messages to answer this question. If your company uses text messaging to give status updates, dispatch can proactively send this information so technicians can begin thinking of the next service call as soon as possible.

4. Heads up info about the next service call.
No one wants to go into a client situation unprepared. Whether it is letting technicians know about animals, their point of contact or history about the last service call, sending a quick SMS with information about the next job gives them the information they need to succeed.

5. Purchase orders, job orders and cost sharing.
Every company does things differently, so there’s no reason to go into specifics, but being able to send/receive information without having to hear it, then write it down is always going to be more efficient and avoid mistakes.

6. Directions, maps and location based information.
Sometimes you get lost. It happens. GPS can help, but what about finding a store close to where you are to help you get what you need faster? Along the same lines as #5, anything sent and received by texting is more efficient than writing it down.

7. Efficiently receive and respond to support questions.
Anytime technicians are away from headquarters they are at a disadvantage. They don’t have all of the information, don’t have face-to-face access to project managers or sales people who sold the job. Being able to text in a quick question, continue working, then get an answer saves the company time and gives the technician the support they need to get the job done quickly and correctly.

8. Order parts quickly.
In a perfect world everything technicians needed for a job would be in a warehouse on wheels. Until that happens, the faster they can communicate parts needed, the quicker those parts can be ordered and sent.

If you have any other uses you’re seeing out in the field, please feel free to post them in the comments.

Noel Chandler
Mosio’s FieldForce