There has been a rise in the use of smart devices in almost every industry. Healthcare sector is also benefiting from this trend. mHealth or mobile health is the use of mobile or smart devices for various features of the health sector.
At which stage, the mHealth market is and what is its future market direction?
The term mobile health was first used by Robert Istepanian, who defined it as “the use of mobile communication and network technologies for health care”. As the name suggests, it is the use of mobile devices and mobile communication for various purposes in the healthcare sector, such as fetching important data, medicines, practices etc. Mobile health includes wearable devices, mobile phones, tablets, PC, and PDA.
There is also another term used in health sector known as eHealth. eHealth is the use of various electronic devices like communication satellites, various smart machines, computers, smart devices, mobile phones, and different patient monitors, for the benefits and digitalisation of the health sector.
The relationship between eHealth and mHealth is like a parent-child, where eHealth acts as parent and mHealth as the child. Digitalisation through mobile networks and communication is the part of eHealth which also use other communication methods like Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and satellite.
There are various developments in progress regarding mHealth for example in November 2019 the new program was launched at University Hospitals (UH) of Ohio, which is known as Cutler Centre. The program included providing health and care support to men, mobile health applications, and patient-centric designs.
The project is focused on men as it is reported that men see the doctors for check-up less frequently than women. So the main aim of the project is to increase the interactions by providing various applications related to medicines, common male diseases (e.g. heart and urological diseases).
mHealth is the use of mobile phone or mobile communication for various purposes in the healthcare sector, which makes the healthcare service easily accessible and efficient.
mHealth is used for various purposes in the health sector. Some of the mHealth applications include finding doctors, finding pharmacy, symptoms checker, clinical and financial records data, remote patient monitoring, rehabilitation programs, prescription filling, run keeper, and heartbeat checking.
There are several major companies which are working in the mHealth market some of them includes Apple, AT&T, Vodafone, Honeywell, Google, Qualcomm, Nike, VentureRadar, AirStrip, Fitbit, CardioNet, and Honeywell.
The size of the mHealth market is growing and according to various market research reports the average market size of the mHealth market in 2018 was US$ 25 billion. It is forecasted that the mHealth market size will reach around US$ 126 billion by 2025.