It offers opportunities to address one of the most pressing global challenges: making healthcare more accessible, faster, better and cheaper.
Three major trends already happening in healthcare lend themselves to the revolution in mobile technology:
Ageing populations and chronic illness are driving regulatory reform. Public sector healthcare is seeking better access and quality, and it's looking to the private sector for innovation and efficiency. mHealth improves access and quality, and offers dramatic innovation and cost reduction.
The foundations of industrialisation of healthcare are already in place — electronic medical records, remote monitoring and communications. ‘Care anywhere’ is already emerging. The platform for mHealth is set.
Healthcare, like other industries, is getting personal. mHealth can offer personal toolkits for predictive, participatory and preventative care.