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Is Smartphone Use Encouraging Mobile Health Adoption?

Brian Eastwood | Jan. 8, 2013
A recent Pew Internet study suggests that rising smartphone adoption in the United States seems to be motivating people to use mobile health. Few question the potential for mHealth to change the healthcare industry, though technical and bureaucratic barriers--not to mention reluctant patients and physicians--stand in the way.

Meanwhile, TechCrunch sees "great leaps forward" for mobile health, a market poised for 880 percent growth globally by 2018.

Walls, for his part, remains optimistic about mHealth's potential for treating diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions, which absorb a staggering 75 per cent of the United States' annual healthcare expenditures. "It's about having people look for answers rather than create impediments," he says. "All the stakeholders are looking to enabling a positive outcome."

If nothing else, Walls says, people are using their smartphones as health research tools. "They are seeking more information to become even healthier."


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