mHealth technology is rising rapidly, with the global mHealth market expected to be between 30 and 60 billion dollars in revenue in 2015. As connectivity and mobility drive new mHealth technologies three concepts of healthcare are rising as the tenets upon which future healthcare will be built upon: “Continuous Healthcare,” “Instant Healthcare,” and “My Healthcare.”
Continuous Healthcare operates on a model where information is being transmitted and shared between individuals and caregivers in real time. For management of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and asthma, continuous healthcare and remote monitoring can reduce hospital readmissions and overall cost. Those with diabetes are already seeing the impacts of continuous healthcare as glucose meters like Telcare transmit data directly to a server and come equipped with a call center-based diabetes management program giving both clinical coaching and guidance to users.
Instant Healthcare is happening largely through virtual or remote diagnostics, which can reduce wait times to see a clinician to mere minutes or even seconds. Next on the list is telesurgery for routine procedures using robots and nurse assistants, and home-based robotic assistants that can help patients complete daily tasks, set reminders, and other jobs.
The My Healthcare concept discards the one-size fits all approach, tailoring care to individuals and their families. Care will be centered on the consumer with electronic medical records and care coordinators driving personalized health care solutions.