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Is mHealth about to come of age?

The future of mHealth may currently be in fitness apps but the long-touted health-care revolution could at last be about to arrive say some experts. 
 
The number of mHealth apps published on iOS and Android has more than doubled in two and-a-half years, reaching more than 100,000 apps in 2014, according to research2guidance's fourth annual study on mHealth app publishing. Market revenue reached $2.4 billion dollars in 2013 and is projected to grow to $26 billion by 2017.
 
However the report also says that 68 percent of mHealth app publishers make less than $10,000 in revenue, and only the top 5 percent make more than $1 million. Eighty-two percent of app publishers generated less than 50,000 downloads with their mHealth portfolios in 2013 while the top 5 percent reached more than 500,000.
 
Investors are looking for apps that are “differentiated” and have a solid business model, Dr. Richard Gliklich, executive in residence at venture capitalists General Catalyst Partners, told CIO.”Something that more than one of the stakeholders in healthcare are willing to pay for.”
 
Apps which provide services such as tracking for patients with diabetes or asthma are also considered to have a much higher growth potential than those dealing with fitness. And experts are predicting that fitness apps will soon no longer dominate the sector and that the future of mHealth lies in remote monitoring and consultation, which will begin to take off within the next five years.
 
The idea of remote health services, or telemedicine, has been around since 1924, when Radio News, an American magazine, devoted its cover to a patient at home consulting a doctor in his surgery via a television link. It gained its credentials when NASA began monitoring astronauts in space in the 1960s but it's failed to live up to aspirations as the future of healthcare, despite the popularity of smartphones and tablets. 
 
So what’s different now? Although aware of the benefits of cost saving and increased coverage which telehealth offers, governments have been slow to act to introduce it. But now they are under increasing pressure from ageing populations and a surge in chronic diseases, just as public budgets are being squeezed.
 
The most pronounced issues are payment systems, data security and the biggest one is possibly regulation. In the EU, not everyone pays for healthcare, whereas in the US, standards within different states are often complex. However, according to the Economist, private employers and insurers are increasingly paying for telemedicine, encouraged by a shift to paying doctors for packages of care rather than per service. This has “opened the door” to remote care, says Jonathan Linkous of the American Telemedicine Association.
 
"Healthcare is a very traditional industry that doesn't accept change well," says Gliklich.”But a lot of the changes are driven by the consumerisation of healthcare. When patients have high deductible plans, or they use concierge medicine, they have an incentive to bring down the cost of their own care. That drives them to see solutions that are more convenient and beneficial to them.”
 
Some small countries are in the vanguard. Israel’s health-care system is fully digitised: all doctors use electronic medical records, and patients have access to their data. Doctors can write repeat prescriptions and refer patients to specialists over the internet. The health ministry noticed an uptick in telemedicine in 2010 and introduced relatively lax guidelines in 2012.
 
China is spending billions on health-care reform, with a focus on telemedicine. But keen interest is no guarantee of success in any country. “If you have a chaotic system and add technology, you get a chaotic system with technology,” warns Peteris Zilgalvis, a health official at the European Commission. Telemedicine may even increase costs if it is added to old routines rather than replacing them.
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