Impact of Mobile Applications on Health Sector in 2012

The use of the mobile handset devices and its applications has witnessed a rapid and significant growth in the last few years. New technologies and advanced applications have made its presence felt in all sectors of life. These sectors are Entertainment, Lifestyle, Education, Business, Travel, Finance and Health. It has been mentioned in the report of Gartner Inc. that, “In developing markets, the mobility aspect is key as mobile network coverage is superior to fixed network in the majority of developing countries.”

Mobile health apps

According to Gartner Inc., “Mobile health monitoring is the use of IT and mobile telecommunications to monitor patients remotely, and could help governments, care delivery organizations and healthcare payers reduce costs related to chronic diseases and improve the quality of life of their patients,”. This report of Gartner refers to the health sector primarily.

According to another estimated report of Gartner Inc., mobile health monitoring is included in the list of top 10 mobile applications. In the third quarter of 2011, 26 percent of the total U.S population is dependent on the mobile devices to acquire information on health. This year would see an increase in the use of the mobile technologies by the health staff worldwide for accomplishing various tasks within a short time.

The physicians would depend more on the Smartphones for their own needs. 80% of the doctors associated with the job of primary care have resorted to the mode of ePrescribing with the use of the Smartphones. Two thirds of the physicians make use of Smarthphones in their professional field. Based on the report of the ‘research2guidance’, the health applications of the Smartphones reached a high of $718 million in the past year. Thus the usage of Smartphones would definitely witness an increase as compared to the other phone gadgets.

Communication between doctor and patients, communication between patients and communication with doctors would be better and improved. It has been estimated that 88% of the physicians would encourage the fact that their patients keep a check of their blood sugar level, weight and pressure on their own with the use of health applications. Thus it would save time for the physicians which could be allotted for other important tasks. People can also resort to these applications to gain information about health training programs, oral health, pregnancy as well as other medical problems.

Medical applications of the mobile handsets have been subjected to a steady growth in the past two and a half years. At present there are more than 6000 health applications. Out of the 6000 applications, only 30% have been designed to cater to the need of the professionals who are associated with a clinic.

According to ABI Research Firm, a well known marketing research firm, the health and the sport application market was $120 in the year 2010. It would however increase by the year 2016 to $400 million.

About 2.2 million patients use a monitoring device at home as per the record of the last quarter of 2011. The home-based devices designed for health monitoring purpose are fixed with the mobile connectivity. Its use increased from 420,000 to 570,000 within one year that is from the 2010 to 2011. It has been predicted that the home monitoring devices by 2016 would be in use by 4.9 million people.

Keeping a check on the health diseases, such as sleep, diabetes, pulmonary disease, diabetes and cardiac arrhythmia, to name a few have become easy with the home monitoring equipments.

Therefore it could be stated that the future of the mobile applications and trends is definitely on a rise in the health sector.

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