BCC Consulting has just announced the release of
Mobile e-Prescribing: The Killer App for IT Adoption.
The whitepaper explains in detail how mobile electronic prescribing,
or e-prescribing (eRx), can improve patient safety while driving
down costs. The whitepaper also argues that the greatest return
on healthcare IT investment will result from delivering key eRx
functionality through mobile devices (mRx).
|According to BCC Principal, David Brooks, Healthcare
stands at a pivotal crossroad. Operating costs have soared,
unchecked, for the last decade as the pharmaceutical industrys
overall share of healthcare spending has grown. Meanwhile,
the industry has looked to IT to simultaneously improve the
quality of care and patient outcomes while decreasing costs.
But the biggest obstacle even more debilitating than
healthcares historic underinvestment in technology infrastructure
has remained physician and clinical end-user adoption
of enabling technologies. Before IT can fulfill its
promise in healthcare, vendors must provide solutions that
compel user adoption. Government, of course, can offset the
cost of technology overhead through various incentives. But
at the end of the day, if clinicians dont use the technology,
its value is limited.
is basically a risk-free route into the electronic age,
without the shock of total system and work flow replacement
that you can expect with an EMR. It provides much of the
value but at a fraction of the cost."
According to Brooks, mRx will prove an important
litmus test for the industry. The potential return offered by
mRx, particularly in light of its minimal infrastructure requirements,
is huge. Before we spend too much time discussing electronic
medical records, and searching for funds to outfit the trillion
dollar industry with more complex systems, lets first prove
that we can make effective use of existing solutions.
BCC Consulting is a healthcare IT-focused strategy consulting
firm. Through its publications, Going
Mobile and BCCs Mobile
Resource Guide, BCC has established itself as the most trusted
source for objective and insightful analysis on the mobile health
technology market. For more information, including additional
publications and services, please visit www.hitbcc.com.