November 6, 2015
Fascinating FAQs…This post is part of an ongoing series offering byte-sized nuggets of HIT-related info that you never realized you should know.
Today’s FFAQ: What is mHealth and why should you care?
mHealth represents the nearly 100,000 mobile health apps that are being downloaded everyday by healthcare providers and personal users around the world. They are most commonly used on smartphones, tablets and wearable devices. Notably, these hot new technologies are applied far more commonly by other countries’ healthcare providers for patient treatment than in the U.S.
The global health and fitness app market is estimated to be $4 billion now, but will explode to as much as $26 billion by 2017. (Research2Guidance) Despite reported concerns about cost, privacy, and high data input requirements, nothing is stopping this market and the expansion of its capabilities.
Some surprising new information about how the world is using mHealth:
Forms of healthcare mHealth applications used in the U.S. and elsewhere include helplines, diagnostic and treatment support, communication and training for healthcare professionals, disease tracking, and remote monitoring / data collection. In February, 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance on the kinds of apps that need to be regulated and those that don’t, with the intention of enabling increased development and application of new, safe and effective mHealth technologies.
Hang on to your stethoscopes, M.D.s! You may be in for another bumpy technological ride.