Today’s consumers don’t want to solely rely on yearly physicals or scattered drop-in appointments to monitor their health – they are seeking more individualized control over the way healthcare is accessed so that they can analyze personal health data and talk to healthcare professionals at all times.
By embracing mobile health, or mHealth, patients are able to keep track of their own health data in real time and inform healthcare providers of any abnormalities at the push of a button.
Mobile health is the monitoring and sharing of health information via mobile technology – such as wearables and health tracking apps. The use of mobile devices and wireless technology to monitor symptoms and deliver care allows physicians to make diagnoses quicker and with fewer errors.
Telehealth uses technology to extend the reach of healthcare professionals beyond traditional clinical settings. It’s a broad term describing how the healthcare market is taking advantage of digital development to enable remote care.
Comparatively, mHealth is a subset of telehealth, referring specifically to the use of mobile technology to inform and educate consumers on healthcare. It uses mobile devices to monitor patients’ exercise, heart rate, and medication adherence.
Mobile health is gaining steam among consumers as Apple and Google continue to offer an array of mHealth applications on their app stores; there were more than 318,000 mHealth apps available for download worldwide as of November 2017. Some of the most common categories of mHealth apps include:
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