Healthcare Performance Benchmarks
Healthcare Performance Benchmarks
May 22, 2013Vol. III Issue 21

Greatest Challenges of mHealth

Greatest Challenges of mHealth This Week's Challenge: The use of mobile health (mHealth) technologies to monitor health is revolutionizing the exchange and consumption of healthcare data. From mobile apps that monitor blood sugar and heart rhythms to text-based medication reminders, mHealth technologies could save from $1.96 billion to $5.83 billion in healthcare costs by the year 2014, some studies indicate. We wanted to see the greatest challenges of mHealth implementation.

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What We Learned: HIN's first industry survey on mHealth conducted in February 2013 captured current trends in emerging mHealth technologies. Nearly 150 healthcare organizations described the technologies they use, the conditions and populations they target, and the challenges and successes they've encountered along the way. According to the survey respondents, the top challenges of mHealth use are:

  • Cost: 25.5 percent

  • Other: 23.5 percent

  • Interoperability: 17.6 percent

  • Infrastructure: 11.8 percent

  • HIPAA/Security: 9.8 percent

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2013 Healthcare Benchmarks: Mobile Health

Excerpted from 2013 Healthcare Benchmarks: Mobile Health, which delivers a snapshot of mHealth trends, including current and planned mHealth initiatives, types and purpose of mHealth interventions, targeted populations and health conditions, and challenges, impact and results from mHealth efforts.

© 2013 Healthcare Performance Benchmarks by Healthcare Intelligence Network.
Editor: Jessica Fornarotto,;
Publisher: Melanie Matthews,

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