In the upcoming year, mobile health application market is expected to reach US$28.320 billion, and in 2023, the number is forecasted to grow to US$102.35 at a CAGR of 29.30% during the period.
The Center for Connected Medicine in Pittsburgh and the Health Management Academy have conducted a research among health systems to find out that 92 percent of them are planning to invest in technologies in 2018 mainly to reduce the cybersecurity threats.
Not so many respondents are planning to increase the patient-generated data from wearables for patient’s health record, all of them though, are going to promote wearables and health & wellness mobile apps among patients. Patient-generated data is the most promising in such clinical spheres as cancer, bipolar disorder, diabetes, stroke and depression.
46 percent of research participants will host their clinical applications with cloud computing.
71 percent expect their organizations to receive reimbursement next year for using virtual care or remote monitoring.
The respondents want to expand telehealth to such areas as mental health, urgent care and dermatology. AI, however popular with the healthcare industry it might seem, is a low priority in the majority of the companies. Those who are still using AI plan to handle medical costs and health plans with its help.
Mobile Health is growing further. It has become a central technology in three areas: diabetes prevention, mental health and adherence/compliance.
According to the Ketchum survey, 58 percent of patients prefer communication with their doctors through mobile health apps. 47 percent use their health applications as health and fitness trackers.
Age is not a barrier for the mHealth usage, as Welltok report shows that 80 percent of seniors use the mobile health apps. As athenaResearch mentions, a lot of seniors are still in the workforce using their iPhones for 10 years.
72 percent believe it is important for their health insurance provider to use mHealth trends and modern tools like web portals, two-way video for communication, web portals and instant messages.
Medication is another industry to be highly interested in the mobile solutions. Hospital Emergency Departments are reported to admit more than one million patients with adverse drug events. Mobile medication management could improve this situation by letting physicians submit and track their prescription orders. This reduces errors and improves the patient-physician discussion.
The research in Annals of Emergency Medicine Journal has revealed that smartphone alerts could reduce the time needed to discharge patients from the emergency department.
Spok survey has revealed that 65 percent of respondents (CIOs in healthcare organizations) are going to bring mobile into unified digital strategy. 72 percent of respondents have already implemented secure messaging in their mobile strategy. 30 percent has delivered critical diagnostics-result and decision-support alerts. More than 50 percent have adopted clinical documentation and medication administration. The vast majority are planning to improve all the mobile features in the next 3 years.
Another year in a row, mHealth demonstrates a tendency to grow and develop further.