Last week, flying into Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, I boarded the plane train and looked around all of the people on the train. Everyone was intently staring at their mobile devices as if our phones controlled everyone’s next step. Reliance upon our mobile telephones and technical devices has become an epidemic. Many of us do not leave the house today without having our phones attached to our side or in our bags. Our mobile devices connect us with work, family and social outlets.
The increased importance of mobile technology on our day-to-day activities also impacts how healthcare is going to be delivered and how providers will ultimately be paid in the future. Specifically, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Healthcare Reform”) created the Shared Savings Program, commonly known as an Accountable Care Organization (“ACO”), which intends to integrate providers to fully engage patients and deliver care through patient centered protocols. In order to