United States And China Are Heading The mHealth Revolution

http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/images/c/cf%20cj/china_mhealth001/china_mhealth001_16x9.jpgThe goal to improve the overall efficiency of healthcare systems has been key issue for countries across the globe. One of the most cost-effective ways to address the most challenging problems that persist in today’s healthcare  systems is mobile technologies. mHealth is considered a viable solution that includes solutions to problems like exploding costs, providing care to seniors, access in impoverished areas, and the treatment of deadly disease.

mHealth is being used in various aspects of healthcare systems by countries across the globe. The figure below includes data from the World Health Organization on mHealth initiatives. [@HealthITplus]

Description of mHealth initiatives from countries around the world

Thirty eight percent of countries who participated reporting using call centers.  A sizable numbers of countries described the use of reminders, telemedicine, records, and treatment in healthcare.

Also see: Global mHealth Market Expected To Reach USD 49 Billion by 2020; New Market Research Reports

GSMA, a global association of mobile companies and operators, estimated that mHealth will grow at least five times in 2017 than it was in 2013. United States will be the leading the mHealth market followed by China. Also, both U.S. and China will occupy about one third of the market with United States accounting for about one quarter of projected revenue. The other BRIC countries besides China will also likely see large growth in the field of mHealth.

Projected growth of mHealth revenues in China

Currently, China is undergoing a huge growth in the field of mHealth and is set to explode in the next few years. According to research firm iiMedia, it’s estimated that China’s mHealth market growth will exceed 50% each year in 2016 and 2017. In particular the market for wearable mobile medical equipment is expected to double in size between 2011 and 2017.


Interested in learning more about the future of mHealth?  Read the paper co-authored by scholars by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research and the Center for Technology Innovation entitled “mHealth in China and the United States: How Mobile Technology is Transforming Health in the World’s Two Largest Economies.”

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