Smartphone-based fitness and mHealth device users to rise to 100 million by 2018
Smartphones are set to take center-stage in mHealth, complimenting traditional stand-alone mHealth monitoring. A new report from UK-based Juniper Research predicts the next five years will see a major advance in smartphone-based mHealth, where hardware attachments link to a companion app on a smartphone.
The report, ‘Mobile Health & Fitness: Monitoring, App-enabled Devices & Cost Savings 2013–2018′, forecasts that there will be 96 million users of app-enabled mHealth and mobile-fitness hardware devices by 2018, up a total of 15 million on this year. In the healthcare sector, app-enabled mHealth will be used to drive services ranging from remote patient monitoring to mobile ultrasound services.
In addition, the report forecasts cumulative cost savings from remote patient monitoring of up to US$35 billion over the next five years as the healthcare industry approaches accountable care. Well-documented trials illustrating health and cost-benefits crucial to convince stakeholders of the value of mHealth are also flagged. Finally, aging populations and the increased prevalence of chronic disease is forcing healthcare stakeholders to reconsider how healthcare is addressed in developing and developed markets, it is stated.