The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 1 (Feb 2014) - Page 34

EPHA Briefing on Mobile Health diseases Continued from page 31 groups. In this context it will be important to recall the importance of ‘Health in all Policies’. mHealth only makes sense if it is integrated into overall health system policies – it must not exacerbate workforce shortages. Practically speaking, it can help reduce paperwork and bureaucracy in hospitals and health settings while speeding up processes, reducing human mistakes (e.g. medication errors), increasing interdepartmental communication and avoiding duplication of work. Remote access to centralised EHRs can reduce administrative burdens by 20 to 30%. More savings can be gained through better patient compliance with treatments and drug adherence, and better observance of medical appointments. Interoperability, training and task division are critical prerequisites. POTENTIAL BENEFITS AND DISADVANTAGES Digitalisation in healthcare: support or hazard? Many hail mHealth as a potential panacea for the health system challenges described above. Projects worldwide have resulted in the following positive observations [19]: » Increased access to healthcare and health information, e.g., for hard to reach populations » Increased efficiency and lower cost of healthcare service delivery » Improved ability to prevent, diagnose, treat, care and track 32 February 2014 » Timely, more actionable public health information » Expanded access to ongoing health education and training for health professio