A couple weeks ago, Apple jumped into the mHealth arena by announcing HealthKit, a new iPhone™ application that shares fitness and medical information across apps and devices. Just a few months earlier, Samsung entered the mHealth space by forging a strategic partnership with University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The Center for Digital Health Innovation aims to accelerate the development of mobile technologies for preventive healthcare by bringing together technology and medical experts.
With two of the world’s largest mobile communication companies investing heavily in the future of mHealth, we’re bound to see major gains in the consumer segment soon. This is exciting not only for the positive impact new products will have, but also for the way this increased interest will push development in the enterprise arena as well.
While enterprise vendors usually aren’t as nimble as consumer companies in responding to market demand, the recent developments in the consumer space will force a greater focus on enterprise-ready products. Many companies will likely react to the Apple and Samsung announcements by putting more resources into their healthcare offerings. The result: more mHealth vendors, more products, more choices … and unfortunately, more confusion for hospital administrators.
Hospitals already have difficult choices when exploring mobile healthcare technologies. While an influx of companies and technologies will push the mHealth industry forward, it also will make it more difficult for hospitals to decide how and where to spend their technology dollars.
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As the new initiatives from Apple and Samsung accelerate advancements in mHealth, you don’t want your hospital to get left behind.