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Mobile Healthcare brings hope to the world

The mobile healthcare app market is predicted to grow at a rate of 40.4% over the next three years. In this time of rising technology, there are several hindrances that can slow down the works of innovators in this market; HIPPA, the FDA regulations, lack of consumer education, and so forth. Regulations, government involvement, and the mere breadth of the healthcare field can all be daunting obstacles to overcome when thinking about creating a new healthcare app today.

In a survey conducted in August-September of 2012 on the use of cell phones in healthcare, it was found that 85 percent of adults in the USA own cellphones, and 53 percent of these own smartphones. Also, according to this survey conducted by  the Pew Internet and American Life Project,  the amount of cell phone users that used their phones to research health or medical information online increased by 14% in 2 years.

One of the most significant conclusions that have come from this study is the knowledge that healthcare education and smartphone apps are converging at just the right time. Text messages and alerts are easily some of the best ways to convey preventive health education and promote wellness in our technologically growing society.

One of the ways we can easily tap into this market is to let the healthcare apps speak and educate for themselves. Let’s take preventative health care as an example: A smartphone user sees a friend who is dealing with a recent illness or disease. The mobile user starts thinking about his own health and how he can avoid this illness himself. All of a sudden, he is looking for a technological tool that can be customized to his own situation. Companies, like DECIDE Mobility, have created preventative healthcare apps like this where the consumer can enter in his own information and receive alerts as per his own risks.

More and more surveys are taken and published with even better statistics showing how healthcare technology, despite the regulatory obstacles, is on the rise, and not only are the patients/consumers going to benefit. When technology gets involved, the whole world is a better place.

 
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