The Rapid Rise of Mobile Health Management Tools

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Chronicling the rapid rise of mobile health management tools

By Staff Reporters

According to UK-based Juniper Research, the number of downloads for health-related apps in 2012 will total 44 million by the end of next year. The research firm also predicts that the number of health app downloads will jump to 142 million by 2016.


This infographic created by Allied Health World highlights the rapid rise of mobile health management tools available to the consumer on their smart-phones.


It identifies the following three major benefits of m-Health apps:

  • 2x Greater Access to Care
  • 24% Reduction in Lower Admin Costs
  • 25% Savings for Seniors


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8 Responses

  1. mHealth

    Remember – When protected health information goes mobile, convenience and speed of care delivery increase – but security and liability risks get more serious.

    Dr. Shenkman


  2. Advancements in Mobile Health Technology

    The number of mobile device users who have downloaded mobile healthcare applications nearly doubled, from 127 million in 2011 to 247 million in 2012. Technological innovations are changing the face of healthcare from “brick-and-mortar” hospital transactions and face-to-face doctor-patient visits to mobile, virtual experiences around the globe.

    However, due in part to the rapid growth and adoption of mobile health technology, challenges exist in ensuring that research, as well as regulatory and reimbursement policies, stay abreast of this rapid growth in health information technology that is changing the landscape of healthcare delivery in the U.S.
    via Ann Miller RN MHA


  3. CMS Mulls Payment Policy Changes on Chronic Care, Telehealth

    Dr. Shenkman – Did you know that in an important first, the CMS is considering paying primary-care physicians for complex chronic care management services of Medicare patients without an in-person patient visit. The change would start in 2015. It’s just one of several policy changes included in the CMS-proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014?

    Other proposed changes include adjustments to some 200 “misvalued” fee-schedule codes and expanded payment for telehealth services—particularly for identified rural “health professional shortage areas.” Payment for services rendered in non-face-to-face visits has long been advocated by physician groups.

    Under the CMS proposal, payments would be made for development and revision of care plans, and could include monitoring of patients’ medical and functional needs.

    Source: Andis Robeznieks, Modern Physician [7/9/13]


  4. The Japanese Mobile Healthcare Market Offers Significant Reach For Top Performing Apps

    Successful Japanese mobile health apps generated 1.79 million downloads in the Apple App Store. The iOS platform offers significantly better business opportunities for Health & Fitness apps in Japan than the Android store.

    Despite the dominance of Android in other countries, iOS mHealth apps in Japan still get higher download numbers and generate more money than their Android counterparts. This is a result of a new benchmarking study of the Japanese mHealth app market. The benchmarking includes 147 apps from the Health & Fitness and the Medical category ranked top 10 in the first quarter of 2013.

    These findings are part of our report “Japan: mHealth Apps Performance Benchmarking”. Successful apps that are listed in the in Apple App Store’s Health & Fitness category generate 2 times more free and 17 times more paid downloads than apps from the Android store.

    The iPad plays a minor role for Health & Fitness apps in Japan. The most successful app have not generated more than 50,000 free and 8,000 paid downloads in Apples iPad store; Although the bigger screen of the iPad becomes more important for paid Medical apps (not shown in the graph above). Interestingly successful paid Medical apps that run on the iPad generate more paid downloads on average than their iPhone and Android counterparts.

    This analysis is part of our new series of mobile health benchmarking reports starting with the USA, Germany, and Brazil. Our benchmarking report series compares the app market performance amongst the most successful mHealth apps on the iOS and Android platforms.

    We will be publishing reports about the UK and a comprehensive cross-country benchmarking of all mentioned countries soon. See the report preview for a more detailed description of the Japan report. Comments and feedback are highly welcome.

    Link to report:

    Ralf-Gordon Jahns


  5. Popular Mobile Health Apps Pose Consumer Privacy Risks

    Did you know that:

    More than 75% of no-cost mobile health apps used some form of behavioral tracking, compared with 45% of such paid apps

    43% of no-cost mobile health apps provided a link to a privacy policy on the developer’s website, compared with 25% of such paid apps

    39% of no-cost mobile health apps sent data to an unidentified third-party, compared with 30% of such paid apps

    26% of no-cost mobile health apps lacked a privacy policy, compared with 40% of such paid apps

    13% of no-cost mobile health apps encrypted data connections and transmission, compared with 10% of such paid apps

    Source – Privacy Rights Clearinghouse


  6. National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

    “What has been accomplished in moving mHealth forward in the last four years? … we have, I think, stayed out of its way, let it flourish, and that’s important.

    So the work we’ve done with the FDA, with the FCC, to enable innovation in that space, and it continues to this day with the FDASIA hearings that we’ve had with regard to balancing innovation with a regulatory framework to provide clear lanes.

    The mobile guidance that we worked on with FDA, I thought, was right on the mark to enable this growth to occur has been critical.”

    Farzad Mostashari MD
    [Outgoing National Coordinator for Health Information Technology]
    via Ann Miller RN MHA


  7. Major leadership changes afoot at ONC

    Department of Health & Human Services’ Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is narrowing down her hunt for a new national coordinator for health IT — and also for a new principal deputy coordinator, as David Muntz departs the agency just as ONC chief Farzad Mostashari MD, takes his leave.

    Hope R. Hetico RN MHA CMP™



    28 percent of purely digital players transform the m-Health market?

    Stela Nikolova


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