Mobile Health: Fast Growth

With smartphone usage nearly tripling in 2011, a rise in “mobile health” is making it easier than ever to access health-related resources and even improve your health while on-the-go.

Here is a quick round-up of must-have apps that are helping users focus on their health:

  • ZocDoc – A free service that enables patients to search for doctors, sort by location, specialty and insurance accepted, read verified patient reviews, and instantly book an appointment online.
  • SkinScan – A free service that enables patients to search for doctors, sort by location, specialty and insurance SkinScan – Easily photograph, scan and monitor your moles over time with this app in order to prevent skin cancer.
  • Med Helper– A free service that enables patients to search for doctors, sort by location, specialty and insurance MedHelper – Tracks medication and stores information for accurate prescription inventory while sending you reminders to take your prescriptions.
  • RunKeeper – A free service that enables patients to search for doctors, sort by location, specialty and insurance RunKeeper – Encourages you to track, measure and improve your fitness.

The mHealth field has emerged as a sub-segment of eHealth, using computers, mobile phones, patient monitors, etc., for health services and information. According to the analyst firm Berg Insight, around 2.2 million patients worldwide were using a home monitoring service at the end of 2011. That figure does not include patients that use monitoring devices connected to a PC or mobile phone. The number of these devices using integrated cellular connectivity increased from 0.42 million in 2010 to about 0.57 million in 2011, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 34.6 percent to 2.47 million in 2016.

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