In this hectic and fast-paced lifestyle, health is of paramount importance. As the old saying goes “Health is Wealth”, which holds true more than ever, good health is what keeps a person going in tough times of modern life and enjoy the blooming of good times. To be in good health or to recover from illness, one must keep an eye on essential parameters of the human body’s functioning. This requires frequent visits to physicians at cost of money and time to get a personal consultation. This problem is solved by the advent of mHealth (mobile health). By mHealth, patients can keep track of their health data in real-time and inform healthcare providers of any abnormalities at the push of a button.
So, what exactly is mHealth ( mobile health)
The World Health Organisation defined health as “use of mobile and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives.”In simpler terms, mobile health is the monitoring and sharing of knowledge about health through mobile devices – wearables and health-tracking applications. The use of mobile devices and wireless technology to monitor symptoms and provide care enables physicians to diagnose patients more quickly and with fewer errors.
Health is a subset of telehealth. Telehealth refers to all instances of healthcare via the use of modern technology, whereas health refers to the concept of mobile self-care utilizing mobile technology to inform and educate consumers health by collecting data without medical professionals help.
mHealth apps are gaining more and more popularity especially during the pandemic of Covid-19. Some of the most common categories of mHealth apps include:
mhealth growth and future ahead
In 2018, there were over 318,000 health apps available on the top app stores worldwide with projected market valuation up to US$ 8.0 billion in 2018 and is expected to generate around USD 111.1 billion by 2025, at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of around 38.26% between 2019 and 2025. This growth is due to increased smartphone adoption and continued investment in the digital market.
One of the primary concerns which consumers face is related to privacy and personal data sharing. mHealth solutions often share data among multiple technologies and applications which may include third party apps or app developers. The cognizance of this have been by European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation or In US by various acts like US Privacy Act of 1974, The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 1996 (HIPAA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act,2000 (COPPA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act,1999 (GLBA). In India the Data Protection Bill, 2019 is under consideration before a joint parliamentary committee.
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