Mobile health refers to the provision of health services using mobile devices, it is generally considered a subset of e-Health. There already exists an array of devices and systems that rely on mobile networks to deliver health and information services. Telehealth applications enable remote specialists to be present, virtually, at the scene of an injury or operation.
AARP partnered up with the GSMA (an organization representing the interests of the worldwide communications industry) to deliver a report on the current state of Mobile health (or mHealth). To read a copy of the Mobile Health for Independent Living Landscape Report, click here
According to the study’s authors, mHealth is far from reaching its potential. They say that all healthcare stakeholders: providers, payers, regulators, patient advocates, device manufacturers, mobile operators and healthcare IT specialists should collaborate to remove obstacles that stand in the way of mHealth expansion.
A compelling argument is that chronic disease currently costs healthcare systems $3.5 trillion across OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China – emerging economies) countries and mHealth could save them between $175 and $210 billion of these expenditures – a considerable sum.
Efficiencies aside, there are other reasons to consider the potential of mHealth. If it can really help us stay in our homes longer and live longer, fuller independent lives – we’re listening.