The Impact of Mobile Health Vans: Part One

impact of mobile health vans part one

In 2020, MoveMobility launched its first Mobile Health vehicle. As part of this process, we completed a great deal of market research, which may be relevant to many health service providers. In this four-part blog series, we will explore the impacts, acceptance, and focus of Mobile Health vehicles today.

Transforming Healthcare Delivery Models with Mobile Medical Vans

North American healthcare systems are actively looking for ways to transform their delivery models to increase accessibility and improve health outcomes. This shift is in response to rising costs and increases in chronic disease prevalence, especially among vulnerable populations.

Mobile Health Vans Reduce Health Disparities

Mobile Health vehicles are an innovative model for healthcare delivery. They have already been successful in reducing health disparities among vulnerable populations.

The US data supporting the use of Mobile Medical vans is impressive:

  • 6.5 million annual visits
  • Return on investment: $12.00 for every $1.00 spent
  • Each Mobile Medical van saves 65 quality-adjusted life years, each year it is in operation
  • Each Mobile Health vehicle visit saves an average of $1,600.00 for the healthcare system by prevention
  • Estimated that every Mobile Medical van prevents 600 emergency room visits annually

Ford Transit health van for mobile medical assistance with rear doors open showing the medical van upfit. Office chair, patient bed, medical cabinets for storage

Breaking Down Barriers to Healthcare Access

In addition to the positive economic impact on the healthcare system, Mobile Health vans break down barriers to access to healthcare services and improve health outcomes:

  • Mobile Medical vans come to people who are not able to travel for medical attention
  • Mobile Health vehicles go to people in remote areas who do not have means of transportation to access health services
  • Patient-centric approach: Mobile Health vans reach out to people who feel intimidated to seek medical advice. This may be due to cultural or language barriers.
  • Prevention-focused approach: underlying health conditions are diagnosed before they become irreparable
The Case for Mobile Health Vans

With such impressive statistics, it is surprising that we do not see many Mobile Medical vans in Canada. In our next post, we will explore the reasons for this and how we see this changing in the coming years.

References

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Disparities. In: Healthy People 2020. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2014.

International Journal for Health Equity 2017
Stephanie W.Y. Yu, Ceterina Hill, Mariesa L. Ricks, Jennifer Bennet, Nancy Oriol

Analysis of Annual Costs of Mobile Clinics in the Southern United States
Journal of Primary Care & Community Health 2020 Jan – Dec

Mobile Healthcare Association

Mobile Health Map

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