Report Summary

According to a new survey, mobile technology has the potential to profoundly reshape the healthcare industry, altering how care is delivered and received.

Executives in both the public and private sector predict that new mobile devices and services will allow people to be more proactive in attending to their health and well-being.

These technologies promise to improve outcomes and cut costs, and make care more accessible to communities that are currently underserved. Mobile health could also facilitate medical innovation by enabling scientists to harness the power of big data on a large scale.

Still, the path to a mobile future in healthcare will not necessarily be smooth. Privacy concerns, particularly relevant in a healthcare context, are likely to be an issue.

Key findings include:

  • 64% of healthcare executives say mobile health could dramatically improve outcomes by giving people greater access to medical information
  • 79% of healthcare professionals say that mobile technologies are providing education and information
  • In five years, 50% predict that mobile health will enable patients to participate more proactively in their own care
  • However, nearly half (49%) of survey respondents think consumer wariness about privacy violations could be a stumbling block for adoption, while just over half (51%) say data privacy risks are their biggest concern
Wherever there is a mobile signal, there is the capability for delivering better healthcare.
Eric J. Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute

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John Carey
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Frieda Klotz

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