Solutions for security concerns are vital to aid the widespread adoption of mHealth
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare is on the brink of significant breakthroughs in personalized and preventative medicine due to the rapid advances made in IT and communication. Technologies such as electronic medical records, remote monitoring, and communication platforms are industrializing the clinical diagnostics sector, consequently promoting mobile health (mHealth).
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's (http://www.technicalinsights.frost.com) Advances in mHealth Technologies research finds that the ubiquity of cellular phones and mobile-enabled monitoring technologies offers significant opportunities to the healthcare industry. mHealth strives to address one of the most pressing global challenges: making healthcare initiatives far more accessible and faster, in an improved and cost-effective manner.
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mHealth helps provide personalized disease management tools that help better manage predicted symptoms, chronic illness, and episodic acute conditions. Empowered by connectivity tools and data transfer capabilities, mass healthcare delivery and subsequently, mHealth solutions, are poised for considerable success. As more healthcare IT and patient monitoring tools are integrated, every hospital facility will have to acquire a full-enterprise wireless solution.
"Meanwhile, the rising survivability rates of patients with cardiovascular disease and other debilitating conditions, as well as the aging of the patient pool, will test the efficacy and validity of mHealth solutions," said Technical Insights Industry Analyst Prasanna Vadhana Kannan.
Doctors are favoring mobile technology buyouts as it can help meet most of their needs, including monitoring patient compliance, assessing patient records, and communicating with their global counterparts. Enhanced patient care is a major benefit prompting doctors to adopt mHealth for healthcare delivery.
Doctor's referral initiatives will go a long way in boosting the uptake of mHealth solutions. It is important for physicians to highlight the features and benefits of mHealth services and applications so that end users are aware of the potential of mHealth solutions in reducing health risks and improving healthcare efficiency.
However, users tend to be reluctant to embrace this technology due to concerns about the security of patient information by programs using mHealth technologies. Compromised message transmission and data storage security will make patients' vital statistics vulnerable to hacking threats.
Technology developers are conducting extensive research to understand core mobile network technologies that integrate monitoring capabilities with mobile platforms. Within the next three to four years, Frost & Sullivan expects developers will gain a superior understanding of the nature of security breach concerns and take necessary precautions.
In addition, regulatory agencies and medical establishments need to strike a balance between the risks and benefits of specific mHealth applications, distinguishing between applications that require strategies suited to an emerging market and those that have the potential to surpass other healthcare systems. This can be achieved through collaborations between regulators and technology operators.
Mobile operators must provide generic service platforms for application needs, while technology providers should look for opportunities to provide tools for devising managed services utilizing mHealth.
"Data generated by mHealth applications find maximum potential in monitoring and optimizing the healthcare delivery chain," noted Vadhana. "Technology developers should focus on improving their understanding of this pattern so they can offer a compelling argument for the adoption of this technology."
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