MHealth is there to stay. Yes, Mobile Technology is destined to play an important role in the healthcare space. There are certain strong statistics to prove that the mobile technology can help healthcare payers and providers overcome some of today’s most critical challenges. Apart from statistics, the following facts can play a pivotal role in changing the negative mindset towards adapting mHealth.
•   According to the CDC, chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems. Lots of attention has been focused on using smart phone apps to manage diseases but not all patients have them.
•   The FDA proposed guidelines on “how it translates existing medical device regulations into the world of apps, smart phones, and tablets”. Though it is in the very early stages of development, we consider this as one of the important developments in mHealth.
•   While most of the healthcare providers are deploying consumer devices like the Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and in cases of Android devices, for the most part these devices are being brought into work by healthcare workers (BYOD). Design and usability concerns vs. security concerns would be considered as the top priority items for this activity.
•   Last year, 2011, was a big one for mobile health. MobiHealthNews tracked more than 100 deals and partnerships throughout the year and about 60 venture capital investments. So Healthcare market is very serious about mHealth initiative.

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