Canada is proving to be fertile ground for mHealth.
Incredibly, approximately two out of every three Canadians now use smartphones and tablets to access mobile healthcare either for themselves or for their family members.
The findings of international consultancy PwC‘s new study – Making Care Mobile: Shifting perspectives on the virtualization of health care – indicate that mobile health is changing Canadian healthcare in a profound way.
Coverage of the new report from Beacon News, however, highlights why this is not all that surprising when you consider that 80% of those surveyed admit to being very comfortable with mHealth apps.
“Canadians are ready for the digitization of their care and the next wave of innovation for service delivery will need to put the patient at the centre of the solution,” explains Will Falk, managing partner of PwC Healthcare. “This means providing faster, more convenient access to care in the ways in which Canadians want it.”
Over one third of Canadians look forward to mobile health care apps making health care easier by 2016.
“There are countless mobile phone applications helping people manage their everyday life – ranging from personal finances to planning social activities. Canadians have clearly indicated their interest in accessing health services and their health information in a similar way,” adds Mark Casselman, who serves as director of PwC mHealth.