Mobile Future

Mobile Apps: The Fascinating Way That They Are Shaping Telemedicine

Digital health products and services are a growing part of our always-connected world. In fact, there are 165,000 medical apps currently available to smartphone users, including double the number available to iPhone users from two years ago.  A recent study of digital health apps by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, shed light on the opinions of medical personnel regarding mHealth initiatives, and studied the functionality, popularity, and ability to connect to sensors of new products.

Key findings in the study include:

–       Over 90% of mHealth apps are free for consumers

–       The number of clinical trials utilizing mHealth apps has more than doubled in the past two years

–       10% of apps are capable of connecting to another device or sensor, increasing  the ability to monitor large amounts of data

Many healthcare professionals are excited about digital health initiatives as a way to increase patient engagement and improve delivery of care.  Although barriers to adoption in this space exist, new innovations are continually making healthcare better and more efficient. As this study shows, digital health is growing fast and becoming more advanced with each new day.  To read more about this study, click here.