When we say “mHealth” the first thing that comes to our mind are health apps, wearable devices and portable sensors that help people manage and monitor their diet, stress, etc.
According to PwC, by 2017 these apps will have been downloaded 1.7 billion times. In fact, by 2018 global revenues from mHealth will reach $21.8 billion, with Europe as the largest market.
The most promising feature mHealth brings to us, is the possibility to measure and share our data with our doctors. Thanks to the ubiquity of new mobile phones and wearable devices, the in person encounters with our doctors are shifting to a remote mode of care delivery.
But, who is shaping the future of mHealth and how? As we explained before, millennials are shaping the future of digital health with their opinions, preferences and lifestyle. According to a study published by Salesforce, 60% of millennials embrace telehealth solutions in order to eliminate direct health visits. In fact, 71% of them would like their therapist to have an app where they could easily manage and share their health data.
In addition to this, mHealth and IoT (Internet of Things) could enhance diagnostics and preventive medicine with big data. Dan DeLoach of Infobright, said:
“mHealth allows us to gather data in greater depth across a broad range for a lengthy period of time, you can see patterns and gain insights that would otherwise be obscured.”
“With the advances brought about by the Internet of Things, especially with mobile health, we are already seeing the remarkable possibilities. With enough time, money and, perhaps most importantly, enough will, these possibilities; the notion of accessible and affordable healthcare, quality and dignity of life will become practical for all.”
Thanks to the proliferation of IoT, mHealth and related technology will have an annual growth rate of 55% between 2013 and 2018, according to The Cutting Edge Report.
As Gartner estimates, 6.4 billion connected devices will be in use by ends of 2016, which is up to 30% more from 2015. As explained by the same source, there will be 5.5 million new connected things everyday.
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