Tuesday, June 12, 2012

mHealth: Embraced by Developing World, Resisted by Developed Countries

Wicklund, Eric. "mHealth: Embraced by Developing World, Resisted by Developed Countries." Healthcare IT News, June 8, 2012.

From the article: "A new study of the global mHealth market finds that consumers and developing countries are driving its growth, while physicians are reluctant to adapt.
Those are some of the conclusions drawn from “Emerging Health: Paths for Growth,” published by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The 48-page report, based on two separate surveys conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and analyzing 10 nations, indicates developing nations are quicker to accept and adopt telehealth because it’s seen as a way to increase access to healthcare, while developed nations like the United States are being dogged down by regulatory hurdles and a resistance to change among providers. ..

In developing countries… mHealth is seen as a new market with exciting possibilities. New startups and business models, with assistance from the telecommunications sector, Wasden said, are driving mHealth to unprecedented levels of growth. That, he said, is why the African nations and India are among the hotbeds for new innovation in mHealth. 

In developed nations…providers – and to a lesser extent payers – say there are too many barriers to mHealth. More than one-quarter of those surveyed in both categories say the conservative culture in healthcare is a leading barrier; others include complex regulations and technology, lack of access to wireless services; and massive changes to the physician’s workload." Read more

See also
How can we be sure that mobile healthcare (mHealth) isn't just technology-driven hype? PricewaterhouseCoopers website.