One of my favorite smartphone apps, because it was the first one I knew that had been created by a hospital, is Pillbox . More and more hospitals are joining Community and Jewish Hospital to create their own apps to reach their wireless communities and patients. Vanderbilt Medical Center even has an app to help anesthesiologists monitor their patients .
Hospitals like Southern Regional Health System are also creating mobile friendly websites , so that users can access the same online information and resources while they are on the move. Mobile visitors have increased from 2.5% of website traffic two months after they went live to 5% seven months later.
As we all get more familiar and comfortable with our smartphones we will use them more often to check for ER wait times and receive electronic information upon discharge (meaningful use criteria #'s 11 & 12). Even a recent study evaluating patient experiences found that 28% of hospitals will include social media and networking sites in their strategy for online communication and interaction with ePatients .
This is where we are headed and it is exciting. Who would have ever though we would be playing Pong on our TV one day and receiving our discharge instructions on our smartphone the next!