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Mobile Health Goes Mainstream: Diabetes, Heart Disease Top Targets of mHealth Technologies

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"Mobile Health in 2013: Diabetes, Heart Disease Top Targets for Technologies" is a new white paper from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.
2013-04-08 21:41:34 - Healthcare is most 'apped' to use mobile health to manage or prevent disease, according to new market research from
the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

SEA GIRT, NJ, USA, April 8, 2013 --- Smartphone apps lead the healthcare industry's foray into mobile health (mHealth), according to 150 organizations who completed the first annual Mobile Health survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Fifty-eight percent of responding healthcare companies use smartphone apps, the survey found. The primary intention of mHealth adoption is for disease management (66 percent) or prevention (64 percent).

Diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) were the clinical conditions most frequently targeted by mHealth applications, respondents reported.

The reach and availability of smartphones make the devices a logical tool for health tracking and improvement; globally, more than 6 billion people use mobile phones, or about 87 percent of the world

population, according to Flurry Analytics.

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) will harness the power of mobile technology in its new Health eHeart Study. The study, announced last month, will monitor 1 million patients patients worldwide who will use smartphones to send health information to doctors who can analyze the data and provide instant feedback. A press release on the UCSF Web site said the goal of the survey is to better understand how the heart functions and to develop new ways to predict and prevent cardiovascular disease.

Almost half of responding healthcare companies --- 45 percent --- use some type of mHealth technology, including text messaging (reported by 47 percent) and mobile Web (42 percent). Among mhealth adopters who took the HIN survey, cost is the most significant challenge, say 26 percent, followed by interoperability (18 percent) and infrastructure (12 percent).

Device suitability is also an issue for some. "Some of the products were not designed for the degree of use we need," contributed one respondent, a provider of long-term care. "We are using two different devices to cover the same monitoring duties."

Perhaps because mHealth adoption is so new, 20 percent of respondents have not seen any improvement to date. However, marginal gains in patient satisfaction, disease management and preventive care were reported.

More results from the survey are available in the latest HINtelligence report, "Mobile Health in 2013: Diabetes, Heart Disease Top Targets for Technologies," a complimentary downloadable HIN white paper.

Download this white paper on Mobile Health in 2013 at:

NEWS FACTS: HIN's white paper, "Mobile Health in 2013: Diabetes, Heart Disease Top Targets for Technologies," summarizes February 2013 responses from 150 health plans, hospitals, physician practices and others on mHealth program components, focus, results and ROI. Other data highlights from the survey include the following:

* Other popular uses for mHealth include the capture of real-time health data (42 percent) and education and engagement (40 percent).

* More than a quarter of respondents (27 percent) have launched tablet apps within the populations they serve, while 11 percent report the use of global positioning services (GPS).

* Thirty percent of respondents not yet engaged in mHealth expect to adopt some form of mHealth technology in the next 12 months.

* Nearly half of respondents have engaged a quarter of their population with their mHealth efforts.

Download this white paper on Mobile Health in 2013 at:


"With smartphones comprising almost half of all cell phones in use in the United States, it makes sense for healthcare to tap into this technology and others for the large-scale exchange and consumption of healthcare information. Today's text message reminder of a doctor's appointment might prevent that individual's hospitalization down the line."

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