Posted by:McKinley Hackett September 12th, 2016

The medical industry has been on a journey to improve efficiencies and communications. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $120,000,000 to enroll 350,000 participants via mobile phones…

Doctors Moving to Mobile

Only 16% of healthcare professional currently use mobile applications with their patients, but 46% plan to do so in the next 5 years. According to Research Now:

  • 86% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will increase their knowledge of patients’ conditions.
  • 96% of users think that health apps help to improve their quality of life.
  • 72% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will encourage patients to take more responsibility for their health.
Many Many Mobile Apps

Last year IMS Health reported that there were more than 165,000 mobile health apps available to consumers. 90% of the downloaded apps were from three categories, diet, fitness, and lifestyle, which represented only 12% of the total mobile health apps. Patients are engaged in wellness management.


Patient Engagement

New technologies make patient engagement easier and fun. For example, Philips Health provides a combination of technology and tools to create personal health programs which consists of:

Bluetooth-enabled measurement devices Personalized, professional health-coaching apps Personalized plans and coaching Apple ResreachKit remains the prevailing platform of choice by developers and industry leaders. The $120 million invested by NIH is just one of the projects announced in 2016. Having access to 700 million Apple iPhones, provides an enormous captive audience to leverage. For example, last year researchers at Stanford University conducted a study and enrolled more than 10,000 candidates in a cardiovascular study.

Whether the improvement is patient reporting, claims processing, or diagnostics, the integration of mobile devices to backend systems and to IoT devices is enabling new ways for us to improve our health. The migration for paper to digital is a foregone conclusion, it’s just a matter of how it will proceed and what will be the ultimate benefits for patients and health institutes.

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