Practice Matters

News from Lola Butcher about health policy and practice management issues of importance to oncologists

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How Smartphones Will Change/Are Changing Your Practice

The ways the smartphone is changing our lives never ceases to amaze me.

Check out this fantastic roundup on The Health Care Blog to find out how  physicians are using their phones to improve patient care.


Scroll down to the Communications subheading, where writer Kent Bottles, MD, mentions a “smartphone-enabled virtual network for mobile cardiology and oncology consults between experts.” 


Dr. Bottles, former chief medical officer for the huge Iowa Health System, is writing for an audience of physician executives, but his remarks apply to physicians in all capacities:


“Physician executives who ignore smartphones and their healthcare applications will miss the most important disruptive technology trend in the next five years,” he writes. “Physician executives who understand how smartphones will transform the industry for providers, payers, patients, and employers will thrive in their careers.”


For another take on how mobile technology is changing medical practice, click on Healthcare Unwired , a white paper published by PricewaterhouseCoopers. (registration required)