Research: Lots of mHealth Potential in Next Few Years | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Research: Lots of mHealth Potential in Next Few Years

October 2, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

According to Frost & Sullivan, a Mountain View, Calif.-based research firm, the mobile health (mHealth) industry has significant opportunity for growth thanks to the rise of personalized and preventative medicine, the rapid advancements in IT, and the “ubiquity of cellular phones and mobile-enabled monitoring technologies.”

The research’s authors say mHealth helps provide personalized disease management tools which in turn, better manage predicted symptoms, chronic illness, and episodic acute conditions. The research says as more healthcare IT and patient monitoring tools are integrated, every hospital facility will have to acquire a full-enterprise wireless solution.

"Meanwhile, the rising survivability rates of patients with cardiovascular disease and other debilitating conditions, as well as the aging of the patient pool, will test the efficacy and validity of mHealth solutions,” said Frost & Sullivan analyst Prasanna Vadhana Kanna said in a statement.

mHealth meets many of doctors needs, the research says, including monitoring patient compliance, assessing patient records, and communicating with their global counterparts. Also, it says referral initiatives will go a long way in boosting the uptake of mHealth solutions. Physicians, the researchers say, must highlight the features and benefits of mHealth services and applications so that end users are aware of the potential of mHealth solutions in reducing health risks and improving healthcare efficiency.

On the other side, Frost & Sullivan expects developers to a better understanding of the nature of security breach concerns and take necessary precautions for mHealth within the next three to four years, 

In addition, they say regulatory agencies and medical establishments need to strike a balance between the risks and benefits of specific mHealth applications.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



Epic Wins Labor Dispute in Closely Divided Supreme Court Decision

Epic Systems Corporation won a major labor-law ruling in the Supreme Court on Monday, centering around the extent of corporations’ right to force employees to sign arbitration agreements, and with a 5-4 ruling in its favor

Survey: Two-Thirds of Physician Practices Seeking Out Value-Based Care Consulting Firms

Most physician organizations are not prepared for the move to value-based care, and 95 percent CIOs of group practices and large clinics state they do not have the information technology or staff in-house needed to transform value-based care end-to-end, according to a recent Black Book Market Research.

Cumberland Consulting Buys LinkEHR, Provider of Epic Help Desk Services

Cumberland Consulting Group, a healthcare consulting and services firm, has acquired LinkEHR, which provides remote application support, including Epic help desk services.

Population Health Tool that Provides City-Level Data Expands to 500 Cities

A data visualization tool that helps city officials understand the health status of their population, called the City Health Dashboard, has now expanded to 500 of the largest cities in the U.S., enabling local leaders to identify and take action around the most pressing health needs in their cities and communities.

Trump will Nominate Acting VA Secretary Wilkie for Permanent Position

Just a day after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cerner inked their $10 billion EHR (electronic health record) deal, President Trump said he would be nominating Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for the permanent position.

ONC Names API Server Showdown Stage 2 Winner

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named 1UpHealth as the Stage 2 winner of the “Secure API Server Showdown” challenge.