mHealth (Mobile Healthcare) Ecosystem
M-Health ecosystem refers to the habitual practice of rendering health services and health-related information with the help of mobile and electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) and wireless infrastructure. mHealth is the most important branch of the e-health (electronic health) and most of the times referred to as wireless health or digital health. mHealth ecosystem helps in providing one-to-one care and treatment for patients living in remote areas who do not have access to any personal medical care and are suffereing from acute illnesses. mHealth is drastically changing the way the world functions today because of the constantly evolving strategy.
mHealth being ubiquitous, cost efficient along with the personalization of mobile devices are rendering unanticipated possibilities to provide healthcare services as quick and efficient as possible. mHealth is a sub-domain of electronic health technology and is emerging at a lightning speed with far reaching implications for the complete healthcare ecosystem. As per a recent survey, the total number of individuals using mobile monitoring devices with incorporated cellular connectivity surpassed one million in 2012 and is predicted to reach 7.10 million by the end of 2017. mHealth empowers people to opt for healthier lifestyles by making use of wireless monitoring devices in order to better manage acute diseases.
Cancer and diabetic patients using mHealth monitoring devices which constantly monitors medication schedule have been showing better adhesion to the guidelines of the treatment. At the primary care provider end of the mHealth ecosystem using mobile monitoring devices allows smart alert systems which notifies medical practitioners through a platform which is cloud based when a particular patient is not consuming his/her medicines and an intervention is needed. Many government organizations across the world have been investing to a great extent in mHealth ecosystem. The more mHealth ecosystem grows, the technology will emerge as a prime factor in impacting the overall healthcare industry.