mHealth allows mobile devices to monitor and collect health data more efficiently, allowing quicker and better treatment and increase prevention. The infographic explains in detail what mHealth does and how it improves the life of patients in the EU. [@HealthITplus]
Hospitals are providing their nurses with enterprise-level smartphones and tools to replace outdated or unsecure technology in an effort to increase mHealth related usage, according to a new report by Spyglass Consulting.
What are Enterprise-Level Communications
Enterprise-level communications include smartphones and tools that allow nurses to:
Securely store patient records in an EMR
Securely transmit messages
Enterprise-level systems can also be integrated with various exchanges and devices responsible for monitoring patients and alert nurses to take prompt action if the vitals reach abnormal values [@HealthITplus]
The 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] Continue reading →
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.
Due 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.
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 →
Just when you thought Apple was working on a bigger iPad and iPhone, its top executives met with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to discuss on “mobile medical applications.” The story was also covered last week in the Friday edition of the New York Times. Much of the speculations are around developing applications for the iWatch, which is expected to be launched by end of this year.
The meeting included top of the line executives from Apple including Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams, Vice President of Software Technology Bud Tribble and Michael O’Reilly (who recently joined Apple from the medical monitoring company Masimo). From thr FDA’s panel, Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and Bakul Patel, who helped draft the FDA’s guidance on mobile medical applications, had attended the meeting, reports Times. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
We witnessed a plethora of mobile health enabled devices and wearable technology during the mHealth13 conference. We also found out that the focus towards mobile 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.
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 →
Technology has changed the way health institutes and professionals are providing care to patients. Boom in internet enabled devices – mainly smartphones and tablets – has triggered a new digital revolution in the healthcare industry called ‘mHealth’ or mobile health. Not only is mHealth changing the very fabric of the way healthcare is delivered, it is well on its way to becoming an integrated part of our life. Other budding mobile health related areas such as mFitness, wearable technologies are emerging as promising trends that are going to captivate the way healthcare is perceived.
Check out this infographic based on a research by IFC Interactive that depicts the intersection of healthcare and mobile technology. It’s more than an infographic. It also highlights the guiding principles for healthcare companies who need to engage consumers and members in a mobile context. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →
Mobile 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.
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 →
Mobile health apps and technology garnered huge response at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014
It was clear right from the start of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that there has been a considerable shift in the focus of technology trends, particularly in the areas of mobility. This shift has been there for quite some time but the CES 2014 took it to the next level of mainstreaming new growth markets such as mhealth, medical technology, and mobile health applications. Consumers showed great enthusiasm for wearable gadgets to be used for fitness and health monitoring, among other purposes. [@HealthITplus] Continue reading →