mHealth demand increasing, study finds

When it comes to mHealth, numerous surveys and findings are pointing in one definite direction: to incorporate mHealth as an integral part in the healthcare system.

A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay also corroborates the same. The survey found that one-third of Internet-using adults expressed interest in using smartphones or tablets to make doctors’ appointments, receive medical test results of communicate with their doctors.

Amongst other facilities, patients also showed keen interest on capabilities like monitoring blood pressure (38 percent) or blood sugar (32 percent). Obtaining diagnostic tests on mobile devices captured the highest interest among individuals aged 25-29.

“This poll shows us that the public is interested in using these apps,” said Titus Schleyer, head of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Regenstrief Institute, in a press statement. “But the healthcare system has to make it easier for them to do it.”

Researchers said that right now many of these phones and tablet apps are not yet ready or just gaining traction to consumers.

Despite more than one-third of Internet users indicating an interest in using mobile devices to manage their health, the majority remain unconfident in the privacy capabilities of mHealth devices, specifically with protected health information.

According to a March Research and Markets report, the mHealth app market is poised for 61 percent growth by 2017, reaching a value of $26 billion globally, the increase primarily stemming from the market “commercialization phase.”

 

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