NEW YORK – mHealth can encourage patients with chronic diseases to modify their behaviors, according to a recent study.
“Empowering Patients Using Smart Mobile Health Platforms: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment,” a study which combined data from a Chinese mHealth firm, as well as the Office of Chronic Disease Management in China, evaluated the potential value of technologies such as mobile health apps and mobile-enabled EHRs, and the importance of mHealth platform design, in achieving better health care outcomes.
“By assisting patients with behavior modification and disease self-management, mHealth platforms have tremendous potential for improving health outcomes and reducing medical costs,” said Anindya Ghose, a co-author of a paper on the study, in a statement. “With this research, companies have an opportunity to better understand patients’ interaction with mHealth technology and design elements that will be most effective for patient adoption and engagement.”
Analyzing almost 10,000 unique responses from diabetes patients over 15 months, the study revealed: Patients who adopt the mHealth platform see more than a 2000% reduction, on average, in glucose levels over time. They also show an average 327% reduction in hospital visits and 799% reduction in medical expenses.
Other findings from the study: Mobility is key to patients’ self-management success; and platform design is critical to achieving better health outcomes.