Smartphones have now reached a level of ubiquity and performance that makes them viable tools in the battle to improve health outcomes. There is now a real opportunity for organisations in the life sciences and healthcare sectors to deliver health solutions that combine drugs and medical devices with the connected capabilities and features offered by the current generation of smartphones.
Bringing smartphones into use in this way can help meet the requirement for new, more efficient and effective methods to diagnose, treat and manage chronic conditions. This type of intelligent healthcare has huge potential to help address the rising and increasingly unaffordable cost of healthcare.
Millions using health apps on smartphones
While few companies have yet to really embrace this paradigm shift and it is may be too early to understand the impact on outcomes, we are seeing some good progress on the use of smartphones in the health arena. For instance, Sanofi now has a Blood Glucose Monitor that connects directly to the iPhone for sale in the Apple store and according to some estimates 247 million people will download a health-related app for their smartphone this year.
With the regulatory landscape for mobile health beginning to be clarified, we believe we are on the cusp of major change in the delivery of healthcare and organisations have a fantastic opportunity to gain competitive advantage, build market share, drive down costs, improve the quality of care and increase customer loyalty by leveraging smartphones to help patients manage their health.
To find out how PA can help you in delivering healthcare in the future, please contact us now.