Smartphones to Lead mHealth Monitoring to New Heights by 2016

The number of patients monitored by mobile networks will reach three million by 2016. That’s according to the new prediction from Juniper Research in its freshly published report on the mHealth sector. “Remote patient monitoring,” Juniper says, “using the smartphone as a hub, will also lower the cost of mHealth services by reducing the need …   Read More

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The number of patients monitored by mobile networks will reach three million by 2016. That’s according to the new prediction from Juniper Research in its freshly published report on the mHealth sector.

“Remote patient monitoring,” Juniper says, “using the smartphone as a hub, will also lower the cost of mHealth services by reducing the need for costly tailored devices.”

The report finds that the monitoring of cardiac outpatients is currently leading the field, as insurance reimbursement in the US market plays a key role.

But Juniper estimates that in the years to come, the management of diabetes and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) and other chronic diseases will play an important role in the remote patient monitoring market.

“Remote patient monitoring will step in to reduce the cost burden of unhealthy lifestyles and aging populations,” writes report author Anthony Cox.

Other findings from the report include:

  • Mobile Healthcare and medical App downloads will reach 44 million in 2012, Rising to 142 Million in 2016
  • Clarification from the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) on which mHealth apps will require FDA approval is still required but is expected to add further impetus to the market.
  • Developing markets continue to benefit from SMS-based education programs and stand to benefit in medium term from app-based healthcare services such as mobile ultrasound that are now being developed
  • EHR (electronic health records) have yet to gain significant traction even in developed markets but in the long term will become an important component of mHealth offerings

To learn more about Juniper’s mHealth studies and reports, click here.

And, as always, for the latest mHealth news and industry happenings, stayed tuned to mHealthWatch.com.

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