Smartphones are set to take the centre-stage in mHealth, strengthening the traditional stand-alone mHealth monitoring
Smartphone-based mHealth is going to undergo a significant rise in the next five years and mHealth-based hardware devices linked to their companion applications on smartphones is going to play a huge role in enabling it, a new report from Juniper Research claims.
According to the report published by Juniper Research called Mobile Health & Fitness: Monitoring, App-enabled Devices & Cost Savings 2013-2018, there will be close to 100 million users of app-enabled mHealth and mFitness (mobile-fitness) hardware devices by 2018. Currently, there are approximately 15 million people using such services and devices. The report also states that mHealth sector is looking forward to use applications to enable services like remote patient monitoring, tracking, and even mobile ultrasound services.
mFitness – Growing Strong
The main highlight of the report found that mFitness sector is going to experience the strongest growth in short and medium term. According to the report, this growth will be driven by a motivated target market, an increasing demand for lifestyle consumer applications and a diversifying array of attachments. But more importantly, this trend is expected to reach out to a wider market and pave way to the next technological advancement of discovering the possibilities of what all can be achieved through smartphone attachments.
The author of the report Anthony Coz says, “As mobile fitness devices become more widespread, they will pave the way for more critical mHealth services delivered through the smartphone. While mHealth and mobile fitness are two discrete markets – with divergent audiences – increased usage of the former will stimulate wider awareness of the latter.”
Further findings from the report include:
• Juniper Research forecasts cumulative cost savings from remote patient monitoring of up to 35 billion USD over the next five years as the healthcare industry moves towards accountable care.
• Well-documented trials illustrating both health and cost-benefits crucial to convince stakeholders of the value of mHealth.
• Aging populations and the increased prevalence of chronic disease is forcing healthcare stakeholders to reconsider how healthcare is addressed in both developing and developed markets.
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