Health care at your fingertips

TIDES By Jay Shedd

Over the last three to five years, the use of mobile technology in healthcare — often referred to as mHealth — has grown rapidly.

mHealth encompasses any medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, wearables, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants and other wireless devices.

Mobile health services are able to provide programs for chronic conditions, remote monitoring, patient health data, electronic records, e-prescriptions and more.

It’s helping to solve communication, access and clinical data collection challenges.

In 2016, the mobile health market was estimated at some $23 billion worldwide, according to Statista. It’s expected that it will reach nearly $190 billion by 2025, driven by one of the most significant growth levels within the digital health market.

Statista attributes this trend to growing consumer demand for more accessibility to their medical health professionals as transparency in health care becomes more important. In addition, more efficient healthcare expenditures are important to many consumers, with a reduction of health care costs driving the adoption of mHealth applications and services.