A white paper analysing the current state of play of the mHealth market and mHealth smartphone apps, remote patient monitoring and enterprise healthcare smartphones has been published.
mHealth apps are forecast to reach 142 million downloads globally by 2016, according to Juniper Research. Apps already cover a wide range of mHealth use cases, varying from medical calculators to monitoring software. In time, however, hardware peripherals attached to the smartphone will greatly extend the capabilities of these apps, finds Juniper Research.
Hardware peripherals will allow the smartphone to become an important portable accessory to the healthcare establishment for both diagnosis and relaying medical data to healthcare staff, the report states.
Juniper Research notes that the consumer focus of many mHealth apps will result in mHealth becoming increasingly mainstream. According to report author, Anthony Cox, acceptance of new healthcare practices like remote patient monitoring will come directly from consumers becoming engaged in mHealth through smartphones.
The report acknowledges the need for more trials to prove both the medical benefits and the potential cost savings of advanced mHealth services. It includes analysis of the current state of play of the mHealth market and contains five-year forecasts covering mHealth smartphone apps, remote patient monitoring for cardiac outpatients and chronic diseases, and enterprise healthcare smartphones. The mHealth whitepaper is available to download from the Juniper website.