According to the Global Mobile Health Market Report, the mHealth market is predicted to hit $26 billion globally by 2017. Healthcare technology is dominating the consumer market and patients around the globe are seeking new ways to become engaged in their health. The three mHealth technologies below are the key to help empower patients and improve their health. Can you think of any more?
Two of the main reasons patients call their doctor’s office are to review lab results and request prescription refills or appointments. Patient portals make this process much simpler, allowing patients to log on to review test results, ask questions, and send requests from their computer or smartphone. Patient portals make accessing data much easier, helping patients to take charge of their health.
A recent study conducted by eMarketer found that 1.76 billion people will own and use a smartphone by 2014’s end—that’s 25 percent of the world’s population. Consumers want to be able to access all of their information through their mobile phone, including personal health records, visit history and vitals. Furthermore, apps with integration to devices that monitor health factors like activity, sleep, blood pressure and weight, will help users to track and manage their health between doctor visits.
Telehealth is making remote treatment possible and cost-efficient, as well as improving communication channels between patients and doctors by allowing patients to communicate with their doctors on a consistent basis. Furthermore, telehealth is helping to prevent primary care clinics from being clogged with patients seeking answers to simple, easily remedied ailments.