Mobile devices are increasingly changing the health IT landscape and pushing agencies and companies to offer more mobile options, former HHS Secretary Louis Sullivan said Thursday.
The future of health care will be centered around patients to give them greater access to their health information wherever they are, Sullivan said at a news conference at the National Press Club.
“They will use new mobile and smart technologies to engage the health care system to facilitate more efficient health information exchange and lower costs,” he said.
He also introduced a road map for the future of health IT authored by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), which helps private sector companies and agencies craft long-term health IT plans.
Devin Jopp, the president of WEDI, said at the event medical providers and insurance companies will have to leverage technology to help consumers access health information on smartphones and build an infrastructure that is more friendly to mobile phone users.
“The cellphone and mobile technology is changing the way we view our business and our lives,” Jopp said.