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March 2014

What do patients expect from mHealth?

Patients expect mHealth to change their healthcare experience.
Expectations are high, but do they truly know what mHealth is?
And what is it that the general public is really expecting it to do?

What is mHealth ::
mHealth is defined by Price Waterhouse Cooper as, the provision of healthcare or health-related information through the use of mobile devices (typically mobile phones, but also other specialised medical mobile devices, like wireless monitors). Mobile applications and services can include, among other things, remote patient monitors, video conferencing, online consultations, personal healthcare devices, wireless access to patient records and prescriptions.

Here are some facts discovered by a recent PWC mHealth survey ::

  • 59% of patients expect mHealth to change how they seek information on health issues
  • 51% of patients expect mHealth to change how providers send general healthcare information
  • 49% of patients expect mHealth to change how they will manage their overall health
  • 48% of patients expect mHealth to change how they will manage their chronic conditions
  • 48% of patients expect mHealth to change how they will communicate with their healthcare providers
  • 48% of patients expect mHealth to change how they will manage their medication
  • 46% of patients expect mHealth to change how healthcare providers monitor condition and compliance

As you can see expectations are high … here hoping we can deliver!

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Steve Krizman says:

Do you include in this definition apps like MapMyFitness and Lose It? And devices like FitBits and Garman’s?

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