The Impact of Meaningful Use on the Mobile App Market [Infographic]

The Impact of Meaningful Use on the Mobile App Market

The mobile app market is expected to grow 500 percent by the end of 2014, primarily due to the government’s Meaningful Use incentive program. Continue reading

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

According to a new market research report by Grand View Research Inc, the global mHealth (Mobile Health) market is expected to cross USD 49 billion (USD 49,119.2 million) by the year 2020. The most domineering – and currently the fastest growing – segment in the mHealth industry will be monitoring services, with market revenue of USD 1227.5 million in 2012. Monitoring services segment has been forecasted to grow an estimated CAGR of 49.7% from 2014 to 2020.

https://i2.wp.com/www.bizreport.com/images/shutterstock/2013/09/mhealth_134523692-thumb-380xauto-2362.jpgDue to the increase in per capita healthcare expenditures, medical services are unaffordable for a large percentage of the population. As a result, mHealth is expected to rapidly rise over the next six years. Smartphone penetration, steady and reliable internet connectivity, and uptake of 3G and 4G networks is also expected to fuel the increasing demand for telemedicine services.

Also see: mHealth To Experience Top Growth In Healthcare In 2014: Report

Other factors such as aging population and growing incidences of diseases linked to changing lifestyles have intensified the need for affordable and accessible healthcare. Concerns among users, regarding the safety and privacy of information, along with the need for secure infrastructure, are the key challenges for market participants. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

Interoperability a ‘Top Priority’ for 2014, Says Health IT Chief DeSalvo

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said at the fourth annual Health Care Innovation Day on Thursday that interoperability will be the “top priority for 2014,” as far as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is concerned.

https://i0.wp.com/www.healthcareitnews.com/sites/default/files/companion_images/karen_desalvo_onc_1.jpgDuring the occasion, DeSalvo also pointed out five other ONC priorities in order to augment patient care experience, improve population health and reduce costs:

  • Increasing health IT adoption
  • Establishing standards to enable interoperability
  • Providing incentives to help facilitate interoperability
  • Ensuring the privacy and security of personal health information
  • Providing health IT governance and structure

“Interoperability will enable the promise of health information technology in the clinical interface for the health systems and the population and community at large to come to fruition,” DeSalvo stated. [@HealthITplus]

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The Current State Of mHealth Apps And Where It’s Heading Now

We witnessed a plethora of mobile health enabled devices and wearable technology during the mHealth13 conference. We also found out that the focus towards https://i0.wp.com/media3.policymic.com/MGY2MGI3ZDUzNSMvYjRtZHkwajhvTmhVc2VzdFdnbGdVTGk3T1gwPS84NDB4NTMwL3NtYXJ0L2ZpbHRlcnM6cXVhbGl0eSg3NSk6c3RyaXBfaWNjKDEpL2h0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZzMy5hbWF6b25hd3MuY29tJTJGcG1idWNrZXQlMkZzaXRlJTJGYXJ0aWNsZXMlMkYzMTA1MCUyRm9yaWdpbmFsLmpwZw%3D%3D.jpgmobile health is gaining more traction amongst healthcare providers as well as consumers. But one study conducted by Medscape, a networking and informative website for healthcare professionals, shows that while there are plenty of mobile health apps available for consumers, the execution of the applications may still need to be improved upon.

Also see: Patient-Centered Care Biggest Agent Driving Mobile Adoption – Excerpts From mHealth Summit 2013

The study cracked down on the best and most usable mobile apps in the market. The study divided the apps into different categories such as diabetes, oncology, women’s health and prescription compliance. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

mHealth Revolution, It’s Happening In 2014

https://i2.wp.com/www.rabbimoffic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/revolution_Peter_Whitley.jpgMobile health or mHealth is going to make a steep climb in 2014

Many recent reports have suggested that mHealth will be increasing rapidly and the technological developments surrounding mHealth is expected to be extremely broad and swift. Corroborating this trend is the presence of large number of health related gadgets, wearable techs, remote monitoring devices, presentations etc that were/ are being and will be showcased all major tech shows and events.

Also see: CES 2014 Dominated By mHealth Exhibitors

The mHealth sector has already seen significant growth over the past few years but 2014 will be a game changer.

Many analysts and reports are suggesting that 2014 will be the official start of what is being called the mHealth revolution. It will also transform the world of medicine and implementation of mobile devices in the healthcare industry. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading

Top 5 Issues Facing Doctors In 2014

The Physician Foundation released its Physicians Watch List highlighting the five biggest issues facing doctors in 2014. Here’s brief information about the list:

  1. Consolidation leading to monopolization. Consolidation concerns made last year’s list, but this year, those worries about more and more doctors joining larger and larger health systems have morphed into anxiety about eroding competition.
  2. Continuing growth of regulatory burdens. Nonclinical paperwork already takes up a lot of physicians’ time, but with the deadline for ICD-10 implementation looming, even more time for administrative paperwork will be required of doctors.
  3. Confusion. Many private practice physicians have not been educated on how the new health insurance exchanges work and so are unsure how to explain them to their patients. Their own lack of understanding has led them to be worried about whether their reimbursement rates will be less in the exchanges; whether they will be able to control the number of exchange-based patients they will have to take on; and the potential difficulties of collecting out-of-pocket charges from these patients.
  4. Health information technology. Doctors are frustrated by the lack of interoperability between electronic health systems and are worried about how HIT will impact how they practice and protecting the privacy and security of patient information.
  5. Stalemates. Doctors, too, are frustrated by the seeming inability of Congress to operate. Particular worries associated with lawmaker decisions include the continued struggle to repeal the sustainable growth rate and what will happen if the 24 percent cut scheduled for the start of 2014 is triggered; ongoing deadlock on tort reform; and worries about the fate of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements in federal budget talks.

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Patient-Centered Care Biggest Agent Driving Mobile Adoption – Excerpts From mHealth Summit 2013

According to an expert panel consisting of senior executives from top healthcare organizations at the mHealth Summit 2013 in Washington D.C., mobile technology may very well be the future of patient-centric care. However, there is a strong need for better evidences to take it to the next level of adoption and implementation.

Cleveland Clinic Chief Medical Information Officer David Levin said, “We imagine things that will actually change people’s behavior, but we’re often wrong. Harping that health IT is not usually designed with the patient in mind. “Good design takes into account human factors and what motivates people and [what integrates] into and IT ecosystem,” he said.

Consumerism is adding to success of mHealth so far and it’s going to significantly change the way people live. mHealth patients won’t accept not getting their health data and not using mobile health apps to keep track of and participate in their own healthcare. [twitter.com/HealthITplus] Continue reading

HealthIT Transition, How it Happened [Infographic]

In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a part of the Recovery Act, created the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs to promote the adoption of EHRs in support of the ultimate goals of improving the quality of patient care and reducing health costs. Through this program, eligible hospitals and doctors earn incentives by demonstrating “meaningful use” of certified technology, which means that health care providers use EHRs in ways that improve care and lower costs. Examples of “meaningful use” include electronic prescribing of medications and ensuring patients have access to their digital records.

 The following infographic created by the ONC illustrates the progress made in the nation’s transition to health IT since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009. [twitter.com/healthitplus]

mHealth and mFitness Users to reach 100 million by 2018 [REPORT]

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.

https://i1.wp.com/www.instant.ly/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/symcat.jpgAccording 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. Continue reading

HIEs and Patient Engagement – The Right Time is Now

https://i1.wp.com/blog.sequelmed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/012512_0638_HealthInfor1.pngWe have heard about Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) moving data from patient side to providers but the reverse action has rarely been attempted – until recently.

Not including patients in the Health Information Exchange table is understood but that defeats the whole purpose of patient engagement. HIEs are meant to aggregate all the information from multiple providers – leveraging various interfaces and then deliver the data back to consumers. Continue reading