In 2009, after 25 years of moving “Toward an Electronic Patient Record” (TEPR), the Medical Records Institute disbanded and its founder, Peter Waegemann, shifted his focus to mobile healthcare by creating the mHealth Initiative.
TEPR had grown into a rather substantial event, peaking at 3,800 attendees in 2004, when newly appointed national health IT coordinator Dr. David Brailer was the featured speaker. But attendance and vendor square footage rapidly declined after that, as much of the action in the realm of EMRs either moved to medical specialty societies or the huge HIMSS conference.
Taking a more content-driven than vendor-driven approach, the mHealth Initiative has tried its hand at conferences since last year. (I spoke and served on a panel at the organization’s 2nd mHealth Networking Conference last fall.) A week ago, the group held its third such event in that paradise for lovers of jet noise, Rosemont, Ill., and I sat down with Waegemann to record this podcast.
Podcast details: Interview with Peter Waegemann, chairman and founder of the mHealth Initiative. Recorded March 30, 2011, at the mHealth Initiative’s 3rd Networking Conference in Rosemont, Ill. MP3, mono, 64 kbps, 6.0 MB. Running time 26:02.
0:20 Transition from e-health to m-health after 25 years of running TEPR
1:50 “Total paradigm shift” for documenting and accessing information at the point of care
2:20 No country he’s seen has a complete, effective EMR yet
2:40 Movement from an industrial society to an “information society” of knowledge workers
4:40 Beyond voice communications
6:20 Behavior change in healthcare and adapting to technology
7:20 Lack of connectivity among mobile devices and shortcomings in current technology
8:55 The politics of standards for m-health devices and systems
10:40 Always “five years away”
11:20 Searching for the iPhone of home monitoring
12:00 iPad’s role in healthcare and its shortcomings
14:20 EMR vendors discovering mobile devices
15:25 Distinctions between wired health, wireless health and connected health
15:50 “Three pillars” of m-health
16:40 “Communication-enhanced healthcare”
17:35 Better care for less money
19:05 Cell phones in hospitals
20:30 Integration issues
21:00 Patients and younger physicians driving change
22:00 “Unified communications”
22:42 Payment for home monitoring
24:30 European approaches to m-health