Demand for mobile health tools likely to increase

Physician adoption of mhealth tools would increase

The demand for mobile health technologies among health care providers likely will increase over the next several years, according to a report by market research firm IDC Health Insights, CMIO reports.
For the report — which was sponsored by Intel — researchers analyzed results from an online survey of mobile health decision makers at 50 hospitals in the U.S. and Western Europe.

The report found that:
 42% of respondents said that physicians at their organisation had high to very high adoption rates for mobile health tools; and
 86% of respondents predicted that physician adoption of mobile health tools would increase over the next one to two years.
Respondents reported using an average of 6.4 different mobile devices each day. According to the report:
 84% of respondents reported using laptops:
 56% reported using PC tablet computers; and
 54% reported using workstations on wheels.

Respondents said that the top barriers to adopting mobile health tools were concerns about data security and cost.
Based on the survey results, IDC Health Insights predicted that spending on mobile health technologies will increase through 2015, driven primarily by spending on software, infrastructure upgrades and data security rather than spending on hardware.

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