According to Juniper Research, revenues from remote patient monitoring using mobile networks will rise to almost $1.9 billion globally by 2014, with heart based monitoring in the US accounting for the bulk of early mobile monitoring roll outs.
The mHealth report found that mobile healthcare monitoring will demonstrate substantial growth in the US and other developed markets. However, while mobile monitoring will contribute to healthcare cost savings in developed markets, national wealth and the structure of the Healthcare market in a given geographical region will have an important bearing on the extent to which it is rolled out.
Anthony Cox, senior analyst at Juniper Research said:“In Africa, the opportunities for m-health monitoring will be limited but SMS based education programs will be rolled out there and these can be of great benefit.”
Other areas which will contribute to m-Health revenues include fitness and healthcare smartphone apps, and eventually advanced apps which link in to sensors worn on the body.
Further findings from the mobile healthcare report include: The market for health and fitness mobile applications will thrive and eventually spawn a new market for advanced apps which integrate sensors worn on the body; Establishing the correct route to market for those selling m Health services will be key to their success; In the past eighteen months there has been a renewed interest in m Health from operators globally.