IMS Health Study Reveals Power and Potential of Mobile Healthcare Apps

IMS Health Study Revals Power and Potential of Mobile Healthcare AppsLast week, mHealthWatch was provided with an advance look at the findings of a comprehensive new study from IMS Health.

According to the report summary, the number of mobile health applications available to consumers now surpasses 165,000.

Released today by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, the study notes that while most available apps focus on overall wellness, healthcare systems and professionals are expressing greater interest and excitement in broader app use as barriers to mainstream adoption of mHealth are removed—especially in the area of chronic disease management.

The IMS Institute study found that one in ten apps now has the capability to connect to a device or sensor, providing biofeedback and physiological function data from the patient and greatly extending the accuracy and convenience of data collection.

What’s more, researchers say that almost a quarter of consumer apps are now focused on disease and treatment management, while two-thirds target fitness and wellness.

The number and variety of mHealth apps present an overwhelming set of options for consumers, resulting in 40 percent of apps having fewer than 5,000 downloads.

“While much progress has been made over the past two years, mHealth apps are still far from being a fully integrated component of healthcare delivery,” said Murray Aitken, executive director of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. “Healthcare providers are actively addressing the remaining barriers. These include developing and adopting trusted platforms for ongoing apps curation and evaluation, creating practical reimbursement models and ensuring true interoperability within and across healthcare systems.”

To learn more, check out the full report here.

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