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mHealth in an mWorld: How mobile technology is transforming health care

How mobile technology is transforming health care


The smart phone has already become the keeper of an expanding array of health care apps that prod and poke the owner to become fitter, lose weight and be altogether healthier. This trend, however, is just the beginning of a new mobile paradigm now emerging in health care. Mobile technologies have become ubiquitous among health care consumers and professionals. Simultaneously, the healthcare industry is moving towards a delivery model that is patient-centred and value-based. A new report by the Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions asserts that mobile technologies can facilitate the shift in the relationship between clinicians, payers, life sciences companies and patients that will be required to implement this new model.

mHealth brings more than new technologies. It facilitates a new way of interacting and providing health care. Accordingly, an integrated mobile strategy should be a key component of growth strategies for providers, health plans and biopharma and med-device companies. Innovation and platform leadership are widely seen as the two most important capabilities in mobile and any platform adopted needs to be applicable or interoperable across the entire health care industry.

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