According to a new study commissioned by Norway-based telecom company Telenor and produced by The Boston Consulting Group, there are currently about 500 mobile health projects underway across the globe. Based on their study of mobile health in 12 different countries, including the US, Norway, Thailand, and India, the companies released a number of metrics across a range of mobile health opportunities. Here are a few we found worthwhile:
Mobile health can help reduce costs of elderly care by 25 percent. Mobile health can reduce maternal and perinatal mortality by 30 percent. Mobile health enables twice as many rural patients to be reached per physician. Mobile health can improve Tuberculosis treatment compliance by between 30 percent and 70 percent. About 30 percent of smartphone users are likely to use “wellness apps” by 2015. Mobile health can reduce costs related to data collection by about 24 percent.