Healthcare organizations will increasingly use smartphone-based mobile health services, says Juniper
In the next five years, healthcare organizations will increase significantly the availability of smartphone-based mobile health services, such as remote patient monitoring and mobile ultrasound services, predicts Juniper Research.
The research firm estimates that by 2018 there will 96 million users of app-enabled mobile health care and mobile fitness devices, a six-fold increase from the 15 million users this year.
The healthcare industry can expect cost savings from remote patient monitoring of up to $35 billion over the next five years, Juniper estimated.
An aging populations and chronic diseases are forcing healthcare organizations to rethink how healthcare is addressed in both developing and developed markets, the research firm noted.
The mobile fitness sector will show the strongest growth in the short to medium term. This sector's growth will be fueled by a motivated target market, greater demand for lifestyle consumer apps and an increasing variety of attachments.
"As mobile fitness devices become more widespread, they will pave the way for more critical mHealth services delivered through the smartphone. While mHealth and mobile fitness are two discrete markets--with divergent audiences--increased usage of the former will stimulate wider awareness of the latter," said the report's author, Anthony Cox.
According to a study release in June, PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated that mHealth could save European health care organizations almost €100 billion ($132 billion) in health care costs in the European Union and add €93 billion ($123 billion) in EU gross domestic product by 2017.
By using mHealth, health care organizations could, by 2017, accommodate the treatment of an additional 24.5 million patients without needing more doctors or new health care facilities, and help more than 18 million patients suffering from chronic diseases or those at risk of developing them, to improve their productivity, the study found.