Experts see bright future for mobile solutions in healthcare

April 2, 2014

When companies think about mobile solutions, they probably think about it in the same old ways like its improvements in speed, service and spikes in efficiency. But experts in the healthcare industry, specifically, should take note of the technology in the near future. Many companies both don't know how to harness mobile development and can see heavy improvements with just a few adjustments to their current approaches.

According to IT Business Edge, a recent survey saw healthcare lagging behind a number of other services when it comes to successful cloud adoption. More than one-third of all surveyed professionals, 36 percent, said they have no strategy for using the cloud. Nearly three-fifths, or 57 percent, added that they don't have any plans for a mobile app, even in situations where one would be directly beneficial. Just 17 percent of companies have mobile apps, and only 22 percent plan to offer one in the next year.

The best mobile strategy, by far, is a mixture of apps and mobile-friendly web development, and 52 percent of healthcare companies plan to enact such a plan. Even there, the industry lags behind others. Businesses plan to adopt such a strategy at a rate of as much as 65 percent, while 63 percent of retail strategies have done the same.

This berth has one clear result that businesses need to consider in healthcare. Adding such functionalities is the key choice for any business, as otherwise it risks falling behind its competitors.

Sources of improvement
Fierce Mobile Healthcare added that there are a number of improvements businesses can see with additional emphasis on creations from IT jobs. Diabetes, for one, could see heavy improvement in treatment and revenue from that treatment alike. As of 2013, a report showed that more than 8 percent of the world's population suffers from diabetes. To make matters worse, that number will likely double in the next fifteen to twenty years.

Mobile treatment of diabetes can save heavy amounts of money for businesses. It's been noted that monitoring apps in comparison to current business practices can save more than $3,000 per person, which is about half of the current medical insurance cost for those diagnosed with the disease. More than 1,000 diabetes apps are on the market now, but that will expand in the future. As many as 24 million users will be in the mobile diabetes treatment market in the next five years as users become more trusting of such technology.