Mobile Health Reduces Costs

It’s a catchy headline that everyone must read. The problem is that the evidence is still not there to prove this type of headline. Sure, we’ve seen a ton of encouraging signs with mobile health. In fact, I’m also quite confident that we’re going to to the day that mobile health will indeed reduce costs. Although, I think we’re still waiting for the hard core data and evidence that such is the case and which mobile health apps actually produce results.

Let me give you an example of the way mobile health is being reported (in many cases). Check out this article by iHealth Beat. Here are just the headlines which tell an interesting story:
Title: Health Care Providers Tapping Mobile Health Tools To Reduce Costs
* Cost-Savings Potential
* Prototype Devices in Testing
* More Incentives Needed?

Does this line of thinking make any sense at all?

If it’s true that mobile health is providing cost savings, then why is there a need for incentives? Trust me, if the cost savings were really apparent, then there wouldn’t need to be any incentives. Plus, incentives can often lead to perverse issues like we’ve seen with the EHR incentive money.

I’m hopeful that we’ll see a sea of mobile health applications that really do appreciable and transparently lower the cost of healthcare for providers and patients. I just think we’re still early in the curve of knowing the benefits of deploying technology. Those companies that nail it are going to be extremely successful though. It’s entrepreneurship at its best.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.