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Healthcare on the move: Changing outcomes and lives

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Global health leaders predict mobile health could have a transformative effect on patient outcomes and lower the costs of hospital care Read more>> http://bit.ly/1vp3uPB

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Healthcare on the move: Changing outcomes and lives

  1. 1. Patients, healthcare workers and their partners in other industries stand to benefit from mobile health—and, in many cases, are already benefitting. © The Economist Intelligence Unit Limited 2014 HEALTHCARE ON THE MOVE: Changing outcomes and lives With more than 40,000 mobile health apps in use worldwide, individuals are already accessing data and services anytime, anywhere. In Kenya, mobile apps enable clinicians to access a wealth of patient data and tackle conditions such as HIV and diabetes, serving more than one million people since 2008. Advances in mobile allow health workers to reach underserved and remote populations. In Arizona, USA, mobile technologies that track weight, blood pressure and heart rate help health workers treat people in rural communities, saving $90,000 per patient in reduced hospital stays. Mobile also has clinical and research uses. • Sensors and apps can help doctors detect ailments • Labs can send test results directly to patients’ phones. • Combined with big data, mobile technologies could enable scientists to better understand and treat disease, giving researchers greater insight into patterns across populations. Mobile health isevolving. 79% 50% In a New Zealand study, text reminders doubled the rate of smokers who quit. sap.com/health

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