mHealth devices and apps need to increase reliability in order to spur user activity

August 1, 2014 | Reply More

A recent article by the MIT Technology Review found that the largest hurdles to mHealth technology adoption may be getting patients and consumers to use mHealth tools more consistently, and boosting the reliability of emerging monitoring and tracking devices in order to stimulate user activity. The article found that despite the rapid production of mHealth apps and mobile fitness devices, consumers simply aren’t committed to using these devices and apps over a long period of time.

Karen Taylor, research director for Deloitte’s UK Center for Health Solutions, explained in a recent blog post that “part of the problem is that patients face a confusing array of mHealth apps with little guidance on their quality or advice and support from their doctors. While doctors can see the potential benefits of mHealth apps, they remain wary of formally recommending them to patients.”

However, the MIT Technology Review also found that consumers are still likely to support and participate in well-designed mobile health systems. A study at Boston’s Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare network tapped activity monitors, text messaging and data from patients’ electronic health records to help diabetics maintain their health and provide support through treatment. Kamal Jethwani, who ran the study, said that the results almost bested drug interaction therapy.

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