Mobile technology has transformed the way that individuals accomplish everyday tasks like finding directions, paying bills, and communicating with friends. But mobile technology has also changed the way individuals interact with the medical system around the world. With technological advances, health providers are now able remotely to monitor diabetic and heart patients, send email reminders to take medications, and access diagnostic databases through mobile devices. How have these innovations contributed to patient health and enhanced the doctor-patient relationship? What mobile health advances are transforming medical care? How are countries around the world using mobile technology to improve health care delivery and save money?
On May 22, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings held a public forum as part of its Mobile Economy Project to evaluate mobile technology’s influence on healthcare. A panel of experts discussed how mobile technology is enabling health innovation both in the United States and around the world. After the program, speakers took audience questions. Darrell West also released a new paper on the topic.