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30 Stats Illustrating mHealth’s Impact On Healthcare

March 31, 2015 | Adam Turinas

Across the globe, healthcare systems are facing large scale care delivery challenges. In the US, increased prevalence of chronic diseases and aging populations are exacerbating healthcare delivery costs. To address these challenges healthcare organizations are forming technological infrastructures that enable clinicians to make better informed, faster clinical decisions and patients to better manage their health outside of the care setting.

mHealth has the potential to become a cornerstone of this infrastructure. The below statistics illustrate the current and future value mHealth is providing to clinicians, patients and the greater community.

The value of mHealth to clinicians

  • Improved quality and continuity of care is the #1 reason for physician adoption of mHealth; one year prior ranked as #4 MedDataGroup
  • 69% of clinicians use mobile technology to view patient information, such as laboratory results or digital images HIMMS Analytics
  • 3X more physicians are interested in mHealth solutions with clinical value than those that monitor patients Deloitte
  • 50% of physicians in survey use their mHealth technology everyday Deloitte
  • 61% of physicians in survey read or view specialty specific and clinical content on a mobile device MedDataGroup
  • 86% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will increase their knowledge of patients’ conditions Research Now
  • 72% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will encourage patients to take more responsibility for their health Research Now
  • mHealth apps that enable patients to self assess chronic diseases early can save European doctors and paramedic staff 472,000 doctor days PwC
  • 43% of healthcare organizations use mobile technology to send secure text messages internally and 32% use mHealth to securely text message patients Spok

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The value of mHealth for patients

  • 25 percent of patients on the medical floor and in the critical care unit of large hospital were discharged one day earlier HFMA
  • Delays in patient-related communications were reduced by 30 minutes per patient HFMA
  • Routine users of mobile apps focused on improving physical and social wellness are over 20% more likely to be thriving than those who don’t routinely use such apps Gallup
  • Members who contacted their health plan via a mobile app at least once in the past year rated their plan satisfaction 108 points higher (on 1,000 point scale) than those that hadn’t D. Power
  • Eighty percent of global smartphone users in survey indicated interest in using their smartphones to interact with health care providers FICO
  • 63 percent of Americans with gastrointestinal problems used nutritional tracking mobile apps Makovsky Health
  • Among obese or overweight consumers, 61 percent would make use of a mobile app to communicate with a doctor Makovsky Health
  • 56 percent of US Adults want to monitor their health with connected health devices that automatically connect online and send information to doctors and other caregivers  WellnessConnected
  • Over half of tablet users over the age of 55 use tablets for health purposes Manhattan Research
  • mHealth app speeds inpatient-related communications 6x Practice Unite

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The need for mHealth apps that serve as collaborative care platforms

  • Survey of nearly 5,000 physicians found the average doctor who uses an EHR system spends 10% more time managing administrative tasks than their counterparts who rely exclusively on paper records Physicians for a National Health Program
  • Survey of 62 medium- to large-sized ACOs finds 88 percent face significant obstacles in integrating data from disparate sources Premier and the eHealth Initiative
  • 62% of accidental deaths and 80% of serious medical errors are linked to communication failures The Joint Commission
  • mHealth apps that support care coordination can save European doctors and paramedic staff 30% of time spent accessing and analyzing information PwC
  • 64% of healthcare executives say mobile health could dramatically improve outcomes by giving people greater access to medical information The Economist

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Investors recognize the increasing value of mobile connectivity to healthcare

  • the mHealth global market is projected to reach $49.12 billion by 2020 with a compound annual growth rate of 47.6% Grandview Research
  • Digital health funding more than doubled from $2.2 billion in 2013 to $4.7 billion in 2014 Mercom Capital Group
  • Mobile health companies were the largest recipient of VC funding totaling $1.2B in 2014 Mercom Capital Group
  • Monitoring services expected to remain the dominant, and fastest growing market segment of mHealth Grandview Research
  • Chronic disease management is the largest contributor to the monitoring services market Grandview Research
  • A record 29 countries participated in Healthcare IT VC funding activity this year Mercom Capital Group