The Downside of Mobile Health Implementations

Published By : 09 Jun 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Inside the healthcare industry, the global markets associated to mobile health are expected to be showing a very high growth rate for the coming years. For instance, the global market for mobile health services is progressing at a CAGR of 23.9% within a forecast period from 2014 to 2020. This phenomenal growth rate is being achieved through factors such as the growing geriatric patient base that is in need of home care, the proliferation of mobile health into rural and inaccessible areas. Other factors include the lowering prices of better quality mobile networks and a higher awareness rate of these products and services. But as it stands, there is a serious issue that needs to be addressed before the use of mobile health services.

Mobile health implies the usage of mobile devices for the purpose of medical practice. There are essentially two main types of use for mobile health systems. One is in a professional aspect and the other is in a civilian aspect. Doctors and healthcare personnel can use mobile health services to communicate with each other, learn new practices, increase their efficiency of work, get more accurate in their diagnostics, and provide medical assistance remotely. From the civilian side, mobile health implies the use of common apps to measure body vitals, often while tracking fitness levels and while tracking aspects such as blood sugar or blood pressure.

Medical Practices in the App World
One of the biggest concerns that needs to be answered is the creation and development of mHealth apps in a manner similar to other non-medical apps. Most of the social apps and otherwise are built around the principle of easy access, speedy responses, and intuitive usage. While these things are great for apps that are meant for socializing or for entertainment, it may not be as perfect for the medical apps. There is currently a massive number of medical apps on app stores around the world, and not all of these apps can be verified and graded by healthcare organizations. This has resulted in the launch of numerous apps that are incorrectly calibrated or are simply a sham. While some apps claim to detect cancer in your body without any actual physical samples are largely fake, other simple apps such as heart rate monitors and blood pressure readers can be just as bad as they claim to be helpful. Their inaccuracy could easily lead to people rushing to the wrong side of self-diagnosis.

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