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GMSA: adopting mHealth measures will save Europe €100bn in 2017

Research demonstrating the significant socio-economic impact that mHealth adoption will have in Europe was published by the mobile operators body, the GMSA, last week. Findings reveal that mHealth could save almost €100bn in healthcare costs in the EU by 2017. Benefits include improved lifestyles, remote treatment of chronic conditions and equipping healthcare providers to make better clinical decisions.  

The new report, commissioned by the GSMA and written by PwC, also argues  that, by using mHealth solutions to their full potential, healthcare systems in the EU could lower the per capita spend for patients by 18 percent, or €537, and reduce care costs for chronic conditions by 30 to 35 per cent through improved treatment compliance and remote patient monitoring.

However, the report also warns that, unless the multiple barriers – regulatory, economic, structural and technological – that prevent mHealth from being adopted commercially and achieving scale are removed, the adoption of mHealth could be limited to about 10 per cent of its potential.

The growing prevalence of chronic diseases, the relatively high cost of healthcare and an ageing population means many countries in the EU are experiencing a healthcare resource crisis that mobile technology can help relieve,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Better access to healthcare services and the cost efficiencies driven by mHealth will help EU economies deliver sustainable and effective healthcare systems. However, much more needs to be done by regulators and governments within the EU to incentivise, encourage and drive the adoption of mHealth for the benefit of all the region’s citizens.”

Key actions the organisation recommends to remove these barriers include: 

  • Integration of mHealth within the nationwide healthcare strategies of EU countries to align the development of mHealth services with country-specific healthcare priorities
  • Creation of policies and frameworks that encourage deployment of innovative mHealth solutions and provide clarity on certification and routes to market, while ensuring trust, quality and end-user safety.
  • Creation of innovative and sustainable incentives that encourage both healthcare providers and patients to adopt mHealth solutions
  • Raising awareness and providing education on mHealth for healthcare professionals, patients and consumers.

To view the report and for more information on the GSMA’s mHealth programme, please visit: www.gsma.com/connectedliving/socio-economic-impact-of-mhealth

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