The mHealth expansion will be fuelled by mobile technology and application explosion
A survey conducted by Frost & Sullivan covering 1,835 healthcare executives confirmed that Mobile health (mHealth) will be the top growth area in healthcare in 2014.
The immense growth in mHealth is driven by the explosion in mobile technology, health applications and increased connectivity. Other than mobiles phones, other connected devices such as patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants and other wireless devices have also contributed to the growth of mHealth.
Frost & Sullivan on releasing the survey results said, “It is an exciting area of opportunity for healthcare growth and will provide innovative solutions for stakeholders, both providers and patients alike, across the spectrum.” Frost claims that mHealth technologies will be increasingly used for wireless vital signs monitoring, location-aware telemonitoring systems and Bluetooth wireless technology-enabled health trackers. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]
In order to adapt to the scenario, hospitals and health institutes will have to implement a “fully enterprise wireless solution” to be able to accommodate the connectivity and security demands of these mobile devices and applications.
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Another significant growth area in the healthcare market is informatics and cloud computing, the survey suggests.
Cloud computing will act as key enabler and use of informatics will enhance processes involved in delivery of medical services and improve operational efficiency while reducing costs.
“Implementing cloud computing technologies appropriately will help healthcare providers improve the quality of medical services and the efficiency of operations, share information across geographic locations and manage expenditures. The concept can be applied in a variety of ways, including data storage and data loss prevention, maintaining patient information records and authorized sharing of information,” says the market research firm.
“The advantages that cloud computing provide can change the dynamics of the healthcare informatics industry over time. The need for efficient sharing of information across locations in a synchronised manner will be a key driver for cloud computing in healthcare,” the report adds.