MHealth solutions are improving outcomes in measurable, repeatable ways by connecting patients with their doctors.
In 2017 mHealth captured $23 billion in revenues, with an estimated growth rate of 35% annually over the next several years.
What is the difference between a health app and an mHealth solution?
Health apps are application programmes that offer health-related services for smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other communication devices.
The most popular categories of health/wellness apps are:
- Sports and fitness activity tracking
- Diet and nutrition
- Weight loss coaching
- Medication tracking
- Sleep cycle
- Stress and relaxation
- Menstrual period tracking
- Hospital selection and appointment tracking
Health apps can provide valuable information to users. However, it may be hard to determine the accuracy of the information provided and may not be easy to share this data with the user’s doctor.
MHealth or mobile health refers to the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets, personal digital assistants and wireless infrastructure. It encompasses all applications of telecommunications and multimedia technologies for the delivery of healthcare and health information.
Why is mHealth used?
- Provides education and awareness
- Assists with diagnostic and treatment support
- Enables remote data collection
- Facilitates remote monitoring
- Enables telemedicine
- Supports chronic disease management
- Support medication compliance
Numerous mHealth initiatives across the world have demonstrated the efficacy of using mobile devices to deliver better care in a cost-effective manner.
Many mHealth solutions offer different types of information sharing, such as data collection through patient self-assessments, electronic questionnaires, and sensor data. They can also offer emergency action plans and an encrypted messaging system that allows direct communication with the clinic.
Besides, many mHealth solutions are considered certified medical devices that have a proven record of helping healthcare professionals in the monitoring and treatment of their patients.
Both, health apps and mHealth solutions can both be used on-the-go. However, the main difference is that health apps are for consumers-only and mHealth solutions improve the collaboration between patients and healthcare professionals.