As the mHealth juggernaut continues to infiltrate the industry, it's a challenge to keep up with the catalogue of mHealth solutions, let alone predict where they will lead in the coming months. So where is mHealth headed? Let's gaze into the crystal ball......
"The global mobile revolution holds the promise of - but by no means guarantees - a transformed, accountable system of distributed, person-centric wellness and care, and at prices and in ways that are accessible to most people. Real disruptive innovation will most likely come first from the poor communities around the world where the failures of traditional medicine are the most pronounced."
- David Aylward, Senior Advisor, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
"We are in a hyper- innovative stage of healthcare and we have an opportunity to drive the future of medicine. It's going to be a Darwinian process, and every chronic disease can potentially be transformed---more optimally managed-- through a digital health system and solution."
- Eric Topol, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health
"How our caregivers interface with the technology matters - and what mobility has allowed us to do is to build dramatically simpler and more engaging interfaces. Mobile opens up an excuse to put user interface top of the agenda and to see more competition around how to engage people. When we democratize some of these technologies, you will see much more engaging interfaces as part of the caregiver toolkit".
- Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer, White House
If we're looking for a window into mHealth's future, we should reference the avalanche of innovative tools that are now in the developmental stage - tools like body area networks, integrated voice, text and video, mobile diagnostics and advanced telemedicine. We should reference the insertion of mHealth within discreet populations like long term care, behavioral and correctional health, and with increasingly granular solutions aimed at second- and third-tier health issues. And finally, we should look internationally at the way mHealth has been a leapfrog technology in establishing a wireless healthcare delivery infrastructure in countries with a skeletal healthcare industry.