Mobile health: Can it save money for federal healthcare?

Tuesday - 2/26/2013, 8:50pm EST

Kerry McDermott & Dr. Harry Greenspun

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February 26, 2013 -- This week on "Federal Tech Talk", host John Gilroy interviews with Kerry McDermott, senior director of Healthcare Technology Policy at the WestHealth Institute and Dr. Harry Greenspun, senior advisor, Healthcare Transformation and Technology at Deloitte.

Both McDermott and Dr. Greenspun bring a unique perspective on how to reduce cost of healthcare IT.

The WestHealth Institute focuses on finding ways to reduce costs of health care.

McDermott has worked at the Federal Communications Commission and has a Master's Degree in Public Health from Yale. This gives her a background to make observations about mobile health that are sensitive to federal requirements.

Dr. Greenspun is a medical doctor and well known national thought leader in the area of innovations in healthcare IT. He works with national and international clients on a wide range of information technology challenges.

The interview took a somewhat philosophical turn with the introduction of "patient centered" care.

According to Dr. Greenspun, studies have shown that when patients become involved in treatment their level of care increases.

The proliferation of mobile devices in the hands of patients gives medical professionals a way to connect to patients to improve service.

McDermott takes this argument and applies it to wireless security concerns.

How can a federal hospital use wireless devices in a secure manner?

She addressed questions as to standards, types of devices, and mobile monitoring devices.