Mobile health or better knowns as mHealth is one of the more popular terms we hear in the digital healthy industry. mHealth is a term used for the practice of medicine and consumer health supported by mobile devices, with the objective to improve health comes, services and research.
The sub-sector of mHealth is health applications i.e. the use of mobile applications and devices to deliver medical information, access or record data, or provide clinical services — it has the potential to revolutionise patient care. From tracking fitness achievements to allowing real-time remote consultation services with physicians and reforming clinical trials, mHealth gives patients and providers better access to essential health information at the correct time.
According to a Deloitte Analysis, the mHealth apps sub-sector (of digital health) is growing rapidly, and is predicted to be the fastest growing segment in digital health. mHealth is a broad industry, one that deals with consumers all through a clinical setting.
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Source: Digital Health in the UK: An industry for the Office of Life Sciences¹
The mHealth sub-sector can primarily be divided into two categories. One group handles low- confidentiality data (personal wellness/lifestyle and activity data); this is usually a consumer-driven purchase and strong consumer interest has attracted multiple companies into the space. This group usually consist of non-regulated data. The second group manages medium to high confidentiality data (clinical health data and personal medical records); these are used by clinicians, patients or hospital system reporting. This latter group consists of regulated app; mHealth solutions in the second group offer the greatest potential to improve healthcare outcomes, but present challenges until we further improve access to data.
Another key development that is synonymous with mHealth application are wearables. Essentially, wearables are electronic devices worn on the body externally, often as an accessory, which are able to track movements and actions. The healthcare industry has adopted a lot of wearables (also known as health devices) to capture useful biological data. Most wearable health devices transmit data via an app i.e. wearables work well only in conjunction with software (such as apps).
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1. "Digital Health in the UK An Industry Study for the Office of Life Sciences." Monitor Deloitte, Sept. 2015. Web.