It’s no secret that healthcare is going mobile. According to a recent survey of 250 mobile executives from around the world, 78% said they consider the healthcare vertical to have the most to gain from 4G connectivity. Yet, with the increasing dominance of open platforms, like Android, and the huge diversity of mobile devices, maintaining mobile health security will be an ongoing challenge for healthcare organizations.
This year, a study by Boston Consulting Group and telecommunications company Telenor found that the implementation of mobile health could lower costs of caring for the elderly by 25%, while potentially reducing caretaking costs for the chronically ill by up to 75%, by reducing the amount of in-person medical consultations. Not only would mobile health significantly lower the number of doctor visits required for care, but it could also ensure an overall more integrated and seamless caregiving process.
For instance, consider smartphone apps that can communicate directly with medical personnel or close family members so that vital signs for chronically ill patients can be monitored—and assistance can be offered—in the event of an emergency. This would help lighten the burden on caregivers, enabling them to stay connected with patients and be alerted to any health changes. Beyond this, mobile health has tremendous potential to enable doctors to collaborate on care, accelerate the diagnosis process and much more.
But what about mitigating the security risks around mobile health? We’ll look into that in part two – stay tuned.