A Rapidly Evolving Field
mHealth is an innovative and rapidly developing space within healthcare, harnessing the power of mobile devices—particularly smartphones and tablets—to enhance medical and public health practices and outcomes.
This rapidly evolving field encompasses a diverse range of applications, from remote patient monitoring and the dissemination of healthcare information to diagnostic support and even treatment delivery, all facilitated through mobile apps and wireless technologies.
Telemedicine, a central component of mHealth, empowers virtual consultations and medical advice, effectively removing geographical barriers.
The evolution of mHealth technologies is leading to increasing adoption and market growth. According to leading market research firm Infinium Global Research, the global mHealth market will increase in value from around USD 55 billion in 2022 to USD 127.75 billion by 2030.
The MEDICA 2023 medical technology trade fair which is taking place in the German city of Düsseldorf from November 13 to 16 will showcase a range of companies pushing the mHealth boundaries.
mHealth technologies for self-monitoring health-relevant parameters such as heartbeat frequency, sleeping patterns and exercise regimes enable everyday citizens to make healthy behavioral changes. This is exemplified by the NightBalance Lunoa from Dublin-headquartered and MEDICA 2023 exhibitor S3 Connected Health, which creates digital health solutions and connected medical devices that improve the lives of people with acute and chronic conditions.
William Lyons, S3 Connected Health’s Marketing Director, explained:
“The NightBalance Lunoa is a compact, mask-free treatment for positional obstructive sleep apnea (POSA). A palm-sized sensor device is worn across the chest and delivers gentle vibrations that prompt patients to change position without disturbing their sleep.
A companion mobile app and online portal make treatment progress easy to see, with adherence and positional sleep data accessible via a streaming, cloud-based system.”
The Switzerland-based Valley Group, which is also exhibiting at this year’s MEDICA, is a global pioneer in med-tech products that help women track their fertility and menstrual health.
The company just launched Teena, a first-of-its-kind period tracking device and app combination designed for teenagers. It combines a user-friendly app and a knowledge hub where adolescents can learn about menstrual cycles, periods, hormones and health in a fun and positive way.
Many mHealth solutions empower healthcare providers to deliver more personalized care, which can reduce hospital stays, lower costs and improve patient outcomes, particularly for chronic disease management. As such, they offer diverse benefits for users, patients and the medical community.
Hope Care is a Portuguese healthcare technology company specializing in the delivery of innovative mHealth solutions that revolutionize healthcare outcomes. The company’s flagship product, HCAlert, which combines a mobile app, a triage algorithm and a clinical web platform, offers cutting-edge remote patient monitoring, clinical decision support, and secure communication.
Hope Care founder Jose Paulo Carvalho said:
“The mHealth trend at MEDICA underscores the growing importance of digital health solutions and HCAlert by Hope Care is a prime example.
By enabling earlier interventions, proactive care, and personalised treatment plans, such solutions not only improve healthcare outcomes, but also reduce healthcare costs and enhance patient satisfaction.”
Increasingly Personalized Healthcare
Outstanding challenges in the mHealth space include data privacy, interoperability and regulatory compliance. Nevertheless, the mHealth trend is poised for remarkable growth over the coming decade. Jose Paulo Carvalho added:
“We anticipate a continued expansion of mHealth applications and adoption as technology advances. This evolution will see even more sophisticated solutions, such as predictive analytics and AI-driven clinical decision support, become mainstream.
Moreover, we can expect greater integration of mHealth into healthcare ecosystems, leading to comprehensive and patient-centric care models.”
Valley Group CEO Natalie Rechberg explained:
“Leveraging AI and big data, mHealth can provide increasingly personalized health solutions that can detect diseases earlier, monitor health in real time and educate and empower users.
Going forwards, more devices will enter the market that will enable users to actively participate in their own health management. Telemedicine and virtual clinics will facilitate and enhance access to a broader audience from the comfort of home.
As the latest innovations at MEDICA 2023 demonstrate, mHealth is definitely here to stay.”