Healthcare industry has been one of the early and passionate adopters of mobile technology. However, initially health care was considered as one of the slowest to adopt industries because they were happy with the way they had been working and were more focused on equipment and research upgrades. But due to increasing patient’s demand for health and fitness related technologies, the industry experienced a tectonic shift by adopting new technologies. While some believe that in an effort to improve efficiency, its doctors and hospitals who helped in driving the conservative industry change. According to Healthcare IT News report – In 2013, venture capital funding in the health IT industry reached $2.2 billion across 571 deals. From fitness app, that aid people in their fitness and work-outs and help them get into right shape, to remote monitoring solutions that help doctors in monitoring their patients anytime and anywhere, mobile devices and apps have pervaded across the healthcare system.
Are Mobile health apps breathing life into digital wellness?
In recent years, mobile technology has made huge advancements. Fueled by advancements in technology and availability of more options have led to massive drop of price of smartphones and tablets. Mobiles are now more feature-rich and encompasses vast functionality and developing an app has also become easier and less expensive. Moreover, scope and impact of mobility in healthcare have improved a lot due to technologies like wearable devices, M2M and sensors etc. And, most importantly, due to the ease and availability of mobile devices and apps, there is a huge growth in the number of patients and medical officers, who want to use the devices and apps to pinpoint the right diagnosis, match it to the defined treatment, and take more informed decisions. The surge in “mHealth” or Mobile Health is result of intensive use of technology by both patients and doctors. According to Business Insider report – “there are more than 100,000 mobile health apps available for consumers”. A recent study by mobilehealthnews discovers – “90 percent of chronic patients would readily accept a prescription for a mobile app compared to just 66 percent willing to accept a prescription for medication.” To make their work easier and effective, doctors are encouraging patients to use mHealth apps and even people are investing in mHealth apps and devices.
Nowadays, as mobile apps have aimed sectors like Wearables, Augmented reality, Enterprises, healthcare industry has also not left untouched. There are a lot of organisations, that are building mHealth apps for addressing the problems of patients and medical officers. Today we have apps for:
There are a lot many apps that are developed considering patients’ and doctors’ needs. Undoubtedly, they are addressing the problems of patients and doctors efficiently and breathing life into health and wellness industry.
Is mhealth driving the Future of Healthcare Industry ?
There has been a strong push to M2M and wearable devices in the healthcare sector. The current growing trends in the mobile health market are showing good signs for future of mHealth. Let’s take a look on a few mHealth trends-
After realizing the benefits of mobile in healthcare, organisations providing mHealth solutions are moving towards sketching an inclusive and comprehensive mobile strategy, which will definitely inflate the role of mobility in Healthcare industry. And most importantly, the considerable push will come from patients and medical officers. Undoubtedly, mHealth apps are surely on the upside swing.
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