Rapid advancements in communication technologies and hardware have made mobile health a thriving and thrilling arena of development. Mobile health technology, also referred to as mHealth, goes beyond the use of smartphones to track activity levels or measure basic health parameters.
According to some medical news reports, mHealth encompasses the use of communication technologies, medical sensors, mobile patient monitoring devices, and digital patient records for providing healthcare services. Using mHealth gives the potential to prevent disease and the spread of diseases. It may also increase life expectancy, improve quality of life, lower the need and cost of hospitalization, prolong the time for which the elderly can continue to live in their own homes, and reduce overall healthcare costs.
Growth of Mobile Health Technology
There has been growing awareness of the importance of nutrition, fitness, and upkeep of a healthy lifestyle. This phenomenon is more prominent among the Gen Z population, followed by the Millennials. The phenomenon is global and has led to the rapid adoption of mobile apps that monitor diets and fitness trackers by individuals.
In the medical arena, the availability of mobile EHRs has revolutionized the way healthcare providers provide access to patient information and collaborate with members of their team. The true potential of mobile health technology lies in remote monitoring of patients. Advancements in remote patient monitoring technologies have led to the rapid adoption of healthcare wearables. This market is expected to reach a staggering $60 billion in size by 2023, with an estimated 5 million patients being monitored remotely, according to Juniper Research.
What is Restricting the Growth of Mobile Health Technology?
Although remote patient monitoring offers several advantages, there is resistance. Some patients report low app quality and the “impersonal nature of the contact,” according to a survey by UCBI, as limitations. Other restrictions that limit the growth of mHealth, include patient information, privacy issues that need to be addressed, and the lack of insurance coverage.