[infographic] How healthcare professionals are planning in mobile transformation

As the mobile ecosystem continues to expand to capture more and more vertical sectors healthcare perhaps stands to benefit the most.  Interest in areas like remote patient monitoring with wearable devices through to managing appointments and sending out reminders can all deliver the kind of operational efficiencies that will save healthcare companies large sums of money. Its relatively early days.  Whilst most organisations acknowledge mHealth as a way to achieve these goals, many are still figuring out the ROI.  And yet in the US it is estimated that wearables could drop hospital costs by … [Read more...]

14 stats that show why consumer trust and wearables go hand-in-hand

The wearables ecosystem continues to grow rapidly with all manner of connected devices from fitness trackers in trainers and connected eyewear and is of course buoyed by the recent launches of smartwatches from the likes of Apple and Samsung. What remains consistent is the inevitability of connected devices’ need to create and use consumer data to monetise the services that wearable hardware supports. Indeed the sustainability of this ecosystem is largely dependent on consumers sharing their personal data through the apps and services that they use. By its definition, personal data for … [Read more...]

16 reasons why FinTech, health and education are key drivers of innovation in mobile

Now in their 12th year, MEF’s annual awards, the Meffys is an industry benchmark for the evolution of our ecosystem. In 2005 the first dedicated Innovation Award was introduced to the Meffys and marked "an industry coming of age" according to the ceremony host, UK newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Fast-forward 10 years and it is the sectors that mobile now enables that is experiencing accelerated growth. The Meffys 2015 features seven Innovation awards including: App, Business Model, Mobile in Education, FinTech, mHealth, Mobile First Markets and Technology. Here we take a look at the … [Read more...]

Five Digital Health Trends That Are Reshaping Healthcare

Back in February at Mobile World Congress, much of the buzz was focussed on the Internet of Things, data, wearables and smart devices with so much of the exhibition and discussion noticeably shifted to capture the array of things that mobile now enables.  Connected cars, health bands, smartwatches – even bow-ties and cuff-links were featured on one of the many Samsung stands. As the mobile ecosystem continues to expand to include more and more vertical sectors healthcare is perhaps the sector that has the potential to deliver the most striking benefits to consumers.  This infographic from … [Read more...]

16 stats that show how mHealth is taking shape globally

MEF’s recently published mHealth and Wearables Report 2015 which revealed the usage trends and attitudes of 15,000 mobile consumers in 15 countries, indicated that the adoption of health and fitness apps globally has grown year-on-year by more than a third, from 11 to 15 per cent.  Similarly, the use of medical apps has grown by a fifth from 8 to 10 per cent.  This is a trend that is set to push forward driven by two related factors: The growth in wearable devices and their close association with direct consumer health benefits like regular exercise and diet. The growth in the … [Read more...]