Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Overview of non-invasive mhealth solutions + trends

Preparing for MoMoAMS #14, I made an overview of non-invasive mHealth devices and services.
Thanks for the feedback and the RT's of the community!
Special thanks to David Doherty (3GDoctor) for pointing me to several great companies in the EU.

Still have questions:
  1. Is mHealth going to be a succesful export product of developing countries?
  2. I have undoubtely overlooked companies and services, which are they?
  3. I certainly should have incorporated mobile medication checks and alerts, any pointers?
  4. If wearable solutions are the outcome, can i take them to the drycleaners?
  5. If devices evolve from medical ones to consumer goods, will the pricedrop be sufficient to overcome reimbursement problems?
  6. What policies are needed if everyone starts spreading and sharing information?
  7. How long it will take before specific medical ringtones are developed (or even mandatory)?
  8. Are hospitals and practioners ready to handle the amount of data coming their way (with current hard- and software)?
Love to hear from you!

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2 comments:

David Doherty said...

Hi Bart,

Thanks for the thanks - only too happy to be of help.

1. Absolutely, developing countries have long suffered a drain on their healthcare resources as qualified staff are attracted to more affluent areas of the world.

Telemedicine in general (and not just mHealth) has the potential to deliver financial rewards to professionals whilst they remain in their own communities. I think this is the big step change and will give rise to a much more favorable ecosystem eg. even in affluent countries like Ireland most of nurses qualifying this year have gone abroad to take up positions. We'll be lucky if 30% of them return.

2. Check out the presenting companies at the recent Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit (that I helped to organise) eg. Cinterion, Heatlhsmart, Digi, edevices, medapps etc.

3. Every smart mobile operator has now either launched or is launching a diabetes diary programme, check out T+ Medical, Turkcell's Saglik365, Orange's Diabeo, Telstra's My-Glucose etc etc

4. IMO it'll have to be machine washable (rather than require drycleaning) before it becomes a mass market proposition.

5. None of this is easy... take one look at the Cardionet tight rope act!

6. Lots. But the hard lessons that one gets from spreading sensitive personal information about (eg. identity theft, fraud) will thankfully deter most from being too open with their healthcare information. See what happened to UK TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson when he published his bank account numbers in a newspaper - it certainly gave him and his readers a quick lesson!

7. Ringtones are easy, we've produced a siren like one that requests assistance in the event a patient is incapacitated and required their phone to be answered for them. Will be a while before these come to market though because distributing it requires the backend service and insurers are very cautious (and rightly so!) about the emergency mobile care market.

8. I don't think (as long as healthcare providers use standardised IT systems) that the amount of data coming their way is going to be a problem. More than likely it's going to help them do their job more efficiently because remote monitoring means they can more easily identify those they need to be seeing. Evidence for this can be found in some brilliant case studies from Blackberry I saw recently... http://3gdoctor.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/daniel-morrison-gardiner-blackberryrim-presentation/

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