Mobile tools offer way to reach homeless patients, researchers argue

09/10/2013 | BeckersHospitalReview.com

Emergency department providers can take advantage of mobile tools to connect with homeless patients as cellphone use is prevalent among that population, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Researchers reported that 70.7% of patients experiencing homelessness own a smartphone while 85.9% of patients in stable housing have such a device. "ED providers can increase connectivity for all mHealth purposes including referrals, appointment and medication reminders, and providing relevant information for health management," researchers wrote.

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