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Mobile Health Isn't A Flash In The Pan - It's Here To Stay

September 15,2015

Mobile health technology isn’t the flash in the pan that many thought it was a few short years ago. In fact it’s projected to be a $26 billion dollar industry by 2017. The quick adoption of #mhealth tools by physicians, hospitals, clinics, and patients shows that the need is there for the use of mobile health in addressing care coordination,  closing communication gaps and reducing the costs of health care administration.

Why is mobile health technology a viable tool for physicians?

  • 50% of physicians use their #mhealth technology on a daily basis (Deloitte)
  • 72% of healthcare professionals see benefits in the use of #mhealth tools in encouraging patients to be better involved in their healthcare (Research Now)
  • 42% of healthcare organizations use their devices to send secure text messages internally and externally (Spok)
  • Use of mobile health tools such as secure text messaging can result in cost savings by cutting through communication inefficiencies, improving care coordination, and reducing hospital readmissions. (IM Your Doc)

How do patients benefit from #mhealth?

Patients want greater control over their health care and improved access to their physicians. By using #mhealth tools they can access their physician any time they want and send protected health information (PHI) to get answers to questions and clarification.

Patients can check in on their health care reports, data, and get access to records. Instead of wasting crucial time and money waiting to be seen by a physician, they can communicate with providers through the use of mobile health apps.

The benefits of #mhealth technology for patients are reflected in the following statistics:

  • 66% of Americans would use mobile health apps to manage their health (HITConsultant)
  • 52% of smartphone owners use their phones to look up health or medical information (Pew Internet)
  • 95% of consumers say that mobile health tools improves their quality of life (MHealthIntelligence)
  • Use of text messaging has helped diabetic patients manage their insulin doses (NPR Health)

Mobile health technology should not be seen as a barrier to health care, or to preventing patient access, but rather as a facilitator in revolutionizing the way health care is delivered on all levels. As the mobile health industry continues to grow, so will the adoption of its tools by clinicians, patients, and hospital staff. For them, the goal is the best healthcare that can be delivered in a cost-effective manner that benefits all, and that is the reality that mobile health technology brings.