By 2016 the number of patients mobitored over mobile networks will hit 3 million, according to Juniper Research. The firm believes that increasing smartphone processing power along with new healthcare peripherals will cause an uptick in more patients using the smartphone as a home health hub. That shift will also lower the cost of remote patient monitoring since it will reduce the need for costly dedicated health devices.
The metric comes from the Juniper report, when the research group announced that it estimates about 44 million health apps will downloaded in 2012 and some 142 million health apps will be downloaded in 2016. At the time Juniper Research also stated that hardware peripherals that attach to smartphones will greatly extend the capabilities of health apps.
Junipers downloads prediction is considerably bearish when compared to Pyramid Researchs estimate, which we reported on back in 2010. Back then, Pyramid estimated that in 2012 some 600 million health apps would be downloaded.
A report from Berg Insight earlier this month estimated that at the end of 2011, approximately 2.2 million patients globally were using a home-based remote monitoring device. Notably, that metric only accounted for devices that use fixed wireless, embedded cellular, and fixed line connections. Unlike the trend that Juniper pointed to above, Berg did not count devices that connected via smartphones or PCs. However, Berg did not estimate that number of home health monitoring devices in use with embedded cellular connectivity increased from 420,000 in 2010 to about 570,000 in 2011, and is expected to hit 2.47 million in 2016.