Recently Becker Hospital Review http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/ * noted: “Mobile health is a burgeoning industry within the health IT sphere, spurred by the proliferation of personal mobile devices. While industry experts expect to see the mHealth industry continue to grow, its path will not be without setbacks.”
Here are some of the 30 things to know about mHealth.
“Patients and mHealth
17. The use of mHealth and fitness apps in 2013 far exceeded the use of the overall app industry, according to Flurry Analytics, an app analytics and ad platform. In the first half of 2014, consumer use of health and fitness apps on Flurry's platform increased 62 percent, while overall app usage increased only 33 percent.
18. About 80 percent of consumers are open to interacting with their healthcare providers through their smartphones, according to a survey by FICO, a predictive analytics and decision management software company.
19. More specifically, 76 percent of respondents to the FICO survey said they would like to receive alerts reminding them of medical appointments, and 69 percent said they would like alerts reminding them to make appointments or take their medications.
20. A number of recent studies found texting interventions were beneficial and helped improve health outcomes. The immediacy and customer know-how with their personal mobile devices could be an important factor in such programs, and it presents an opportunity for continued development in the usability of texting in treatments.
21. Remote patient monitoring devices present another way to collect biometrics without requiring patients to come to the hospital, and the market of such clinical-facing devices is poised to surpass the consumer-facing mHealth market.
* to read the full BHR article “30 things to know about mHealth” by Akanksha Jayanthi , highlight and click on open hyperlink http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/30-things-to-know-about-mhealth.html
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Jonathan M. Metsch, Dr.P.H., is Clinical Professor, Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; and Adjunct Professor, Baruch College ( C.U.N.Y.), Rutgers School of Public Health, and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration
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