mHealth is not a specific application or device. This is the whole range of mobile technical means for healthcare.
First, let’s figure out what mHealth (or mobile health) is, because surely everyone understands something of their own by this term.
The entire segment of healthcare application development can be roughly divided into Med and Fit, that is, medical and fitness. Aтd if everything is clear with Fit: I found an application in the market, installed or bought a gadget and use it – there is a minimum of external interaction, then with Med everything is more complicated. There must be someone on the other end of the line: a doctor, a diagnostic center, a clinic and give feedback.
What where When?
Work on the creation of mobile health systems in the United States, Canada, Britain and India has been going on since the 90s, when the governments of advanced countries in terms of mobile technologies realized the need to create remote health systems.
The term Mobile Health (mHealth) itself was coined in 2003 by an English professor, academician Robert Istepanian. The professor is recognized as a leading specialist and pioneer in the field of mobile health, is a researcher at several research centers of universities and companies (for example, Orange, Philips, Motorola) and a leading expert in the field of M2M. He is known for developing the concept of a new level of evolution of mHealth and introducing another concept – 4G Health.
Who uses it and how?
More and more people want to be healthy and believe that technology will help them. This is evidenced by studies of the past few years. Last year, PWC conducted an interesting survey that showed the top three expectations for mHealth. It turned out that 56% of consumers of fitness gadgets believe that they will allow them to live 10 years longer. Many people surveyed believe that mobile health will solve the obesity problem. Another group of respondents is ready to buy a device to improve health indicators through regular monitoring.
Another survey showed that the vast majority of smartphone users (96%) are confident that mHealth applications improve their lives.
Top 5 things users want from apps by Fireart Studio are:
- 61%. Help understand your health status and suggest options for caring for it
- 55%. Provide support (for example, planning health care
- 46%. Track and monitor symptoms to assess their progress
- 45%. Provide a tool to communicate with a doctor or nurse
- 37%. Raise awareness of medical facts important to the user
Tasks, goals, achievements
The task of mobile health is to facilitate the process of communication between physicians and patients. It helps specialists carry out remote monitoring of patients, and to teach users to take care of their health. They receive timely consultations, undergo preventive examinations, etc. replace traditional medicine, and enhance its impact. It formes good habits in the user that will help maintain good health and well-being. Today there are over 100 thousand mHealth applications developed on 2 major platforms: iOS and Android. Both are the absolute leaders among operating systems for mobile applications. However, it is worth noting that over the past 2 years, there has been a significant increase in the number of applications on Google Play, developed on the basis of Android. They are related to the health and medical field. MHealth application developers believe that the main driving force of the market in the near future will be the growing proliferation of compatible devices with their applications and the demand of users and patients for the data they are interested in.