mHealth Growth fueled by Smartphones and Fast Network

According to a new report from Strategy Analytics M2M Strategies service, mobile health (mHealth) application are evolving at a rapid pace, thanks to the smartphone and device penetration and fast mobile networks.

Remote monitoring and healthcare imaging has developed a strong footing in both developed and developing markets. In today’s mobile driven world, mHealth image-based applications range from remote interpretation of blood samples taken in a remote jungle clinic to sending fetal sonograms to the smartphones of friends and relatives. Continue reading


Components that make IT organizations effective

In order to become a truly effective IT organization, it is essential to listen to the customer, understand the customer’s expectations and to assess your performance according to those expectations.

A recent Forrester study reveals that IT play a vital role in the functioning of nearly 87% of U.S. based businesses and that they cannot operate without IT. The question remains that what does the remaining 13% of do?

It’s pretty evident that IT is critical to almost any business in the current technology-driven market. For example, IT is playing a major role in helping lower the costs and improving the quality of healthcare. The challenge in healthcare is that the demand for IT support often outstrips the resources available due to the general economy and pressure on medical expense. Although IT efficiency has been a focus for several years, the demand can’t be satisfied by efficiency alone – IT effectiveness must also be addressed. Continue reading

Improvements in Healthcare IT can lead to $26 billion in savings annually

Healthcare administration is a growing issue in United States of America with an estimated $361 billion spent to cover administrative charges annually, according the Center for American Progress. The healthcare expenditure in U.S alone makes up for 14 percent of total healthcare expenditure worldwide. In order to reduce these costs, healthcare IT solutions can play a huge role. Through improvements in IT in the current health delivery methods, the industry can expect to significantly cut down costs.

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Where will research be in future of mHealth

The business sector has traditionally handled disruption and disruptive technologies with somewhat open arms. The best of the best is quickly identified and moved into production by consumer demand. Academia, on the other hand, is steeped in tradition and  –  from my limited experience with technology transfer  –  struggles with separating the wheat from the chaff.  Compound the issue with the emerging discussion of “consumerism” in healthcare and innovators, researchers and even the tried and true method of the market can contract pilotitis.

So what research trends can we expect to see in the mHealth space? Continue reading

Healthcare IT and interoperability

Many listeners are familiar with EHRs (Electronic Health Records) in their professional capacity or as a patient. You may not realize how difficult it is for enterprise systems to be able to move information between hospitals, private practices, and reference laboratories.

Today’s interview with Doctor Doug Fridsma takes a look at healthcare IT interoperability. He is the chief science officer for the ONC (Office of the National Coordinator or Health Information Technology) at the Department of Health and Human Services. Continue reading

mHealth apps market headed for explosive growth

According to a new report by Research and Markets, the mobile health application market is heading towards an explosive growth of 61% of the current industry, reaching $26 billion by 2017. It has also been forecasted that the market will reach more than 3.4 billion users worldwide having access to mHealth applications on their mobile devices. Fifty percent of these users will have downloaded mHealth applications, according to report findings.

Report authors wrote that the mHealth app market is currently in the commercialization phase, where a massive increase in offered solutions has transpired. However, missing regulations for the mHealth sector proves to be a significant barrier to entering the integrated phase, where mHealth will become more integral in physician treatment plans, according to the report. Continue reading

The mHealth uptrend

Mobility – mHealth to be precise – is the latest buzz around healthcare. In this article, we will discuss what applications hold the most promise for providers and their patients, and what does the future hold for the booming mHealth industry., we live in a mobile world where internet enabled smartphones have made information ubiquitous. The rising demand for wireless devices and creative & productive applications have made mobility readily adoptable in the healthcare industry. In comparison to EHR, where physicians show a little shilly-shallying owing to its somewhat lengthy implementation and disruptions it can create in the workflow, mHealth initiatives are often spearheaded by physicians because of the convenience they can provide. Clinicians want to access health data and communicate with patients and staff without being tethered to their offices. This freedom allows them to be more productive while providing better care to their patients. Continue reading

mHealth projected to thrive through interoperability

Mobile health (mHealth) is the technological revolution most software providers, healthcare professionals and patients have been waiting for. And why not. mHealth makes it possible to get all your health related information right to your pockets through smartphones and tablets and eventually straight to the EHR. But there is a catch with it. The foundation for this connected future, driven by the ubiquity of internet-enabled phones and Bluetooth devices, is interoperability. to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), as of late June 2012, more than half of physicians reported that their practice’s IT systems were poorly integrated with the mHealth apps they had chosen to use. And only 15% physicians said that their mHealth apps worked smoothly with health data systems, an appallingly low figure for such a consumer-facing initiative. Continue reading