What can mHealth do for you?
mHealth is the current buzzword in the health industry, and it comes as no surprise.
The mHealth market is booming as more and more apps are being created, especially in the fitness app area of the market.
What’s it all about and what can mHealth do for you?
mHealth is set to be the next big thing, and here’s what it’s hoping to achieve:
- Improve doctor and patient relationships
- Encourage patients to take more responsibility for their own health
- mHealth could improve knowledge of patients conditions due to it’s research gathering facilities
- Help those at risk of developing health conditions by giving tips on what to change and where they could be going wrong
- Help healthy individuals maintain and monitor their health and fitnessThe possibilities for variations of mHealth apps are almost endless, and the industry has great potential to improve quality of care and individuals wellbeing.
So, what’s out there at the minute?
The market for mHealth is expanding rapidly, applies to fitness, nutrition, clincial research, and condition monitoring. So, what is out there at the minute and what mHealth can you start using to benefit yourself?
Google’s mHealth offering has a fitness focus for consumers, much like competitor Apple’s HealthKit.
Google Fit is an open platform encouraging users to control and monitor their fitness levels and their exercise for the day, and allowing developers to build smarter apps.
For everyday users of Google Fit they will be able to track and monitor their activities and exercise throughout the day, getting an insight into how much they move and where they’re activity levels need to improve.
An added benefit of Google Fit is its ability to connect and sync with various Android wearables via the Android Wear App. Much needed for those users on the go. Google Fit is great for those wanting to monitor their exercise across a range of platforms.
Apple Research Kit
Back in March industry giants Apple released another entry into the mHealth industry – ResearchKit.
Created as a software framework for the benefit of collecting medical research and as a diagnosis aid. ResearchKit currently has 5 main apps, developed alongside various Universities and Charities to help with the diagnosis and monitoring of Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Parkinsons Disease, Cardiovascular disease and Asthma.
The open source project allows contributions and collaborations from researchers and developers alike, giving an all-round use to the app and ‘taking research out of the lab and into the real world’ (Apple.com, 2015).
The NHS are also acknowledging and encouraging the mHealth industry. They have set up a portal that recommends the trusted apps to their patients (NHS, 2015).
Recommending apps from different categories such as: conditions, healthy living, health information and social care, the NHS is ensuring they cater for a range of clinical sectors.
Fitbit products are wearables designed to measure data such as the number of steps walked, quality of sleep and other personal metrics, much like Fitbit competitor Jawbone.
Our developer, Adam, uses the ‘Fitbit Flex’ and when asked about the device he said that because he does a lot of walking and running he uses the wearable product to manage his activity levels. He went on to add that ‘a big downside that I find is the battery life, I use my Fitbit quite a lot and I like to check on my progress throughout the day, and that really takes it’s toll on the battery’.
So what next?
The mHealth industry has advanced and grown vastly in recent years and it doesn’t look like it’ll slow down anytime soon. If you want to find out more about mHealth infographic and follow us on Twitter.
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