Mobile devices are transforming health care…

Mobile devices are changing the way that health care is acquired and that it is delivered, plus the costs and the quality of patients’ experiences.
Mobile health or telemedicine, is expected to be a $23-billion industry worldwide by 2017, with $6 billion to $7 billion in annual revenues each in North America, Europe and Asia.

Some examples: Monitoring devices, such as phones for people with diabetes,
that measure health data and transmit it electronically to health care providers,
cutting the need for many office visits.

Potential savings: $197 billion over 25 years.

Virtual health aides include software that reminds patients to take medications
and set up doctors’ appointments plus tracks compliance with medical instructions.

Only 50% of patients now take drugs as prescribed, costing billions in follow-up care.
“Televisits” for patients in rural areas without easy access to providers and electronic transmission of test results and medical records for second opinions and videoconferencing for doctors and patients located far away from each other are definitely the wave of the near future.


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