Vodafone Global Enterprise, as part of its continuing commitment to thought leadership in healthcare and mHealth, has released a publication focusing on health insights to coincide with its Health Debate series.
The Health Debate series brings together senior pharma, public and private health stakeholders to learn, share, and debate on issues and new thinking brought forward by renowned thought leaders and industry experts.
The first of Vodafone’s publications examine barriers presented by human behaviour: issues of culture change for healthcare organisations, doctors, and patients. The second guide focused on politics and economics: the need for governments to develop new policies and strategies for healthcare delivery to embrace the new world of flexible, mobile services centred on the patient.
Vodafone’s latest guide in the series continues the discussion around the varying barriers to mHealth technology adoption by focussing on two prominent issues: privacy and regulation. Research shows both doctors and healthcare funders list privacy and security concerns as barriers to greater use of mHealth; whilst the U.S. Federal Communications Commission formed an mHealth task force to explore its regulatory capacity for mHealth technologies. These, and other developments within mHealth, lead to Vodafone examining the implications in more detail in the report.
“As mobile systems become ever more powerful and interconnected, we enter a brave new world. There are technical challenges to face, with hardware, software and networks; and there are cultural challenges, within healthcare organisations and for patients. The debate around these challenges starts here,” says Tony Kane, Head of mHealth Solutions Vodafone Global Enterprise.