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mHealth could improve healthcare, reduce medical costs

Mobile devices offer an opportunity to improve care and reduce medical costs, according to a new re-port by the Brookings Institution.
The Washington Post report — titled, “How Mobile Devices Are Transforming Healthcare” — outlines some recent findings about the mobile health market.
The report noted that Brookings economist Robert Litan has found that the use of mobile health moni-toring devices could reduce U.S. health care costs by about $197 billion over the next 25 years.
Darrell West — author of the report, vice president and director of governance studies for Brookings and founding director of its Center for Technology Innovation — said devices like “Gluco Phones” — which monitors blood sugar levels — could help patients take control of their care and decrease the bur-den on health care providers.
Mobile devices also could help reduce medical errors, according to the report.
The report cited research finding that 16% of nurses who rely on mobile devices said their device helped them avoid at least one medical error and 6% said their mobile device helped them avoid errors on several occasions.

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