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Healthcare Key Findings: December 2012

Innovative Uses of “mHealth” are Radically Changing Healthcare

Innovative Uses of “mHealth” are Radically Changing Healthcare

By 2016, some 10 billion mobile devices will be in use around the world, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index. Thanks to the explosive growth in the use of smart phones and tablets, mobile technology is now poised to radically alter healthcare delivery, the patient experience and the cost of healthcare. mHealth (mobile health) technologies are currently being used successfully in telemedicine, accessing patient records and physician decision support — saving lives, reducing medical errors and freeing doctors from routine office visits. Managing chronic diseases via mobile devices and remote monitoring could save $197 billion over the next 25 years in the U.S. PwC projects annual revenues for the mHealth industry will reach $23 billion worldwide by 2017. Brookings Institute


  • Only 5% of Americans who purchase gluten-free products do so because they have celiac disease. (The Hartman Group)
  • A third of chefs (33%) at U.S. restaurants with table service say their restaurants have vegetable gardens. (National Restaurant Association)
  • Only 28% of smokers think secondhand smoke is very harmful; 63% of nonsmokers do. (Gallup)
  • Half of Americans (50%) are trying to cut back on foods and beverages with added sweeteners. (International Foods Information Council Foundation)
  • More than six in 10 Americans (63%) think a low-fat diet is healthier than a low-carbohydrate one. (Gallup)

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