Trends in mHealth and Telemedicine

Date: February 22, 2011
Pages: 107
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Trends in mHealth and Telemedicine
Mobile health can help healthcare providers to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the care they provide. Healthcare and ICT companies can also benefit from the increased sales opportunities resulting from the crossover of technologies.

Worldwide societal, technological, and economic changes are affecting the way people live and look after their health. New, more efficient and cost effective ways of delivering healthcare are needed. mHealth and telemedicine offer a solution to this problem. The growth potential of the mHealth and telemedicine market is only now becoming apparent as more healthcare and ICT vendors take part.

Scope of this research
  • Identify current trends in healthcare, IT, and mobile technologies and adapt R&D and marketing efforts accordingly.
  • Review the various initiatives that will impact private and public healthcare expenditure and affect ICT and healthcare companies' sales.
  • Assess the opportunities created by the integration of healthcare and mobile technologies to identify and exploit new growth channels.
  • Anticipate the threats posed by the shift in healthcare provision and devise suitable strategies to maintain sales and market shares.
Research and analysis highlights

Demographic changes such as population ageing, health conditions linked to increased sedentariness and harmful lifestyle choices are key drivers of mobile health. Economic and financial pressures lead healthcare providers and governments to deliver more cost-effective healthcare through mobile health and telemedicine.

The pervasiveness of mobile cellular technology and the technological advances in IT, mobile telephony, and user equipment are creating the perfect environment for the remote provision of healthcare. The increased prevalence of chronic diseases is creating a market for telemonitoring equipment and services.

Developing countries stand to benefit the most from mobile health and telemedicine due to the greater lack of fixed ICT infrastructures and healthcare provision.

Key reasons to purchase this research
  • What are the main drivers behind mobile health?
  • How is mobile health affecting healthcare provision and health practices?
  • Is mobile health the latest fad or is it a long-lasting trend?
  • Is mobile health a global or localised phenomenon and how is it applied in various parts of the world?
  • Who will benefit from the shift to mobile health and what are the best ways to exploit the new opportunities?
Table of Contents
About the author
Disclaimer
Executive summary
The changing face of healthcare provision and management
Technologies and business frameworks in telemedicine and mHealth
Benefits and challenges of telemedicine and mHealth
What prospects for telemedicine and mHealth?
Exploiting telemedicine and mHealth

CHAPTER 1 THE CHANGING FACE OF HEALTHCARE PROVISION AND MANAGEMENT

Summary
Introduction
Factors affecting healthcare
Societal factors
Population ageing poses new challenges to healthcare systems
Increased life expectancy compounds the effects of population ageing
Lifestyle choices create new burdens for healthcare systems
Economic factors
Growing cost of healthcare
Lasting impacts of the global financial crisis
Shortage of healthcare professionals
Shift in care settings
Technological advances that help shape mobile health
IT penetration
Ubiquitous mobile cellular telephony
The advent of 3G technology
The emerging face of telemedicine and mHealth
eHealth as a way to tackle funding and staff shortages
Public and private organizations show interest in eHealth

CHAPTER 2 TECHNOLOGIES AND BUSINESS FRAMEWORKS IN TELEMEDICINE AND

mHealth
Summary
Introduction
Technological aspects
Connectivity and speed
The telemedicine and mHealth ecosystem
Electronic health records and patient medical records: the cornerstone of eHealth
The right user equipment for the right population
Cloud computing
Applications of telemedicine and mHealth
Remote consultation and diagnostics
ePrescribing
Home-based care (homecare)
Wireless medical telemetry services (WMTS) and remote patient monitoring
Wireless medical telemetry services
Remote patient monitoring (telemonitoring)
Emergency services
Health education and disease prevention
Personalization of care and patient involvement
Improving communication
New business frameworks
New business strategies
Cross-sector partnerships
Partnership opportunities for content delivery

CHAPTER 3 BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF TELEMEDICINE AND MHEALTH

Summary
Introduction
Benefits for patients and healthcare providers
Reduced costs and increased efficiency for healthcare facilities and professionals
Greater patient compliance and empowerment
Benefits for industry players
Chronic health conditions create sales opportunities for ICT and healthcare companies
Opportunities for ICT companies
Opportunities for healthcare companies
Opportunities for new entrants
Growing cell-phone use offers opportunities to network operators and content providers
Spending in the homecare segment drives telemedicine spending
The homecare market offers new product development opportunities
Smartphones contribute to the growth in the telemedicine and mHealth market
Ultraportable PCs
Challenges of telemedicine and mHealth
Cost issues
Costs of equipment and services
New telemedicine and mHealth charges
Organizational issues
Greater surveillance of healthcare providers' practices
Limitations of ePrescribing
Technological issues
Content challenges
Mobile infrastructure and network challenges
IT network management
Data storage and management
Connectivity challenges
Lack of interoperability
Limitations of cloud computing
Legal and practical issues
Confidentiality, privacy, and security issues
Standards of practice

CHAPTER 4 WHAT PROSPECTS FOR TELEMEDICINE AND MHEALTH?

Summary
Introduction
Government regulatory support for eHealth
The European Union (EU)
The 2004 eHealth action plan
The seven-year Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7, 2007–13)
The joint project "eHealth-INTEROP" (mandate M/403)
The European Commission's "Competitiveness and Innovation Programme"
EU eHealth policies
eHealth investments
The US
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act)
Healthcare providers are strongly incentivized to adopt eHealth solutions
Cooperation between the EU and the US
Telemedicine initiatives worldwide
Initiatives in the EU and the rest of Europe
RENEWING HEALTH (REgioNs of Europe WorkINg toGether for HEALTH)
The Smart Open Services for European Patients (epSOS)
Initiatives in the US
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) initiative
The eHealth Initiative (eHI) and the Foundation for eHealth Initiative
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Healthy Appalachia
The Southwest Virginia Telemedicine Cancer Outreach Program (SWVA TCOP)
Initiatives in developing countries
Initiatives in Latin America
Initiatives in Africa
Initiatives in the Caribbean
Initiatives in Asia Pacific
International initiatives
The United Nations Foundation's mHealth Alliance
CommCare
Network operators' and equipment manufacturers' initiatives
AT&T
Vodafone
Orange
NTT DoCoMo
Healthcare manufacturers' and technology companies' initiatives
GE Healthcare
The Continua Health Alliance
Mobile real-time medical data collection with Minder by Cambridge Consultants
Qualcomm

CHAPTER 5 EXPLOITING TELEMEDICINE AND MHEALTH

Summary
Introduction
Addressing key issues first
Overcoming stakeholder resistance
Reimbursement and cost issues
Efficiency will penalize healthcare providers unless payment systems are reviewed
Patients and consumers must buy into telemedicine
Telemedicine must not threaten healthcare professionals
Innovation in the field requires industry collaboration
Solving technical issues and addressing technological requirements
Connectivity and infrastructure services
Faster mobile connections are required to speed up mHealth adoption
Data security must be guaranteed
Content must be tailored to mHealth specificities
Potential of the telemedicine and mHealth market
Future revenue sources
Shrinking healthcare resources benefit the homecare segment
Growing chronic disease prevalence will consolidate the potential of the homecare segment
Significant contribution of home health monitoring to the homecare segment
Polypathology creates new opportunities
Services and devices will generate the biggest revenue share
The mHealth apps segment will continue to grow
Growth markets and challenges
Barriers still exist in the EU
Developing countries can benefit the most from telemedicine
Cloud-based solutions will help support telemedicine and mHealth services
The role of user equipment
Limitations of user equipment
Government involvement is paramount to foster health adoption
New strategies for ICT and healthcare vendors
Models to exploit mHealth and telemedicine
Health systems with a single point of contact are a good starting point
Using a bottom-up approach in developing countries
Pricing models for data storage and management
Public–private partnerships
Addressing funding issues with public–private partnerships
New business models
A business model based on profit sharing between stakeholders
Future-proofing mHealth and telemedicine systems
Industrial and commercial partnerships

APPENDIX

Scope
Methodology
Abbreviations
Glossary
3G
4G
Bluetooth
eHealth
ePrescription
Electronic health records
Electronic medical records
GSM
Mobile broadband
Mobile health (synonym: mHealth)
Mobile Internet
Notebook
Telemedicine (synonym: teleHealth)
USB
Wi-Fi
Smartphone

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1: Population aged 60 years or over, 2009 and 2050
Figure 2: Proportion of population aged ≥ 60 years by development levels (%), 1950–2050
Figure 3: Government health expenditure as % of total expenditure, 2000–2007
Figure 4: Total expenditure on health as % of GDP, 2000–2007
Figure 5: Estimated IT and Internet penetration, 2010
Figure 6: Estimated worldwide Internet usage by region (per 100 inhabitants), 2010
Figure 7: Estimated mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, 2010
Figure 8: Global cell-phone subscribers by technology generation (billions), 2009–14
Figure 9: Drivers of telemedicine and mHealth
Figure 10: Enablers and applications of telemedicine and mHealth
Figure 11: Challenges posed by telemedicine and mHealth
Figure 12: Distribution of mHealth programs by location, 2010
Figure 13: Distribution of mHealth programs by application area, 2010
Figure 14: Orange’s 3-pronged strategy for 3 market segments
Figure 15: Share of total mHealth market opportunity by revenue source (%), 2010–15
Figure 16: Benefits of telemedicine and mHealth for stakeholders

TABLE OF TABLES

Table 1: Population aged 60 years or over (millions), 2009 and 2050
Table 2: Proportion of population aged ≥ 60 years by development levels (%), 1950–2050
Table 3: Government health expenditure as % of total expenditure, 2000–2007
Table 4: Total expenditure on health as % of GDP, 2000–2007
Table 5: Estimated IT and Internet penetration, 2010
Table 6: Estimated Internet usage by region (per 100 inhabitants), 2010
Table 7: Estimated mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, 2010
Table 8: Global cell-phone subscribers by technology generation (billions), 2009–14
Table 9: Smartphone penetration worldwide by region (% of total mobile handsets), 2009–14
Table 10: EU telemedicine activities, 2007–10
Table 11: Distribution of mHealth programs by location, 2010
Table 12: Distribution of mHealth programs by application area, 2010
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