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mhealth Markets Worldwide: Forecasts to 2020

Mobile Health Device (mhealth) Markets

Mobile health, or mHealth, can be loosely defined as the evaluation and delivery of healthcare using mobile and wireless devices. However, despite its simple description, the mHealth segment involves a complex and wide range of services, devices, software products, regulatory webs, market participants and end users. This complex framework requires the coordination of several parties and compatibility of several systems to provide a seamless network of health delivery.

The process of mobile health involves using network service providers, such as AT&T and Verizon and smartphone and tablet manufactures such as Apple and Samsung, which combined offer the mHealth product and service market.

Mobile health (mhealth) systems are emerging in response to increased healthcare needs of an aging population, new wireless technologies, better video and monitoring technologies, decreasing healthcare resources, an emphasis on reducing hospital days, and growing confidence in cost-effectiveness. Increases in spending have been seen in countries with growing economies such as Brazil and China. Some regional markets have experienced a slowing in the economic growth, but growth in healthcare spending is expected to continue due to increases in national coverage and health reform policies in areas like China.

The largest healthcare segments in terms of healthcare expenditures are:

  • Hospital care
  • Clinical care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Other personal care
Physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare workers often use a variety of information sources each day. The use of mobile devices and applications (mobile device software) has proven itself to be efficient way for professionals to stay connected as the industry grows and changes. Smartphone applications or “apps” can be developed for numerous types of processes including education, health management, data management, health information, and other workflow processes. Not only is the medical community using smartphones and their applications for basic work, but they are reporting using smartphones in replacement for some of the work that would have previously been done on a desktop or laptop computer. The growing use of mobile medical devices and applications for these devices has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to provide more oversight in this segment.

Additionally, consumers are adopting mobile devices at an extraordinary pace and the use of medical apps in this market is growing due to a overall update of medical device confidence and a growing base of patients battling chronic diseases..

The information for this report was gathered using both primary and secondary research. Primary research included telephone interviews and email correspondence with information technology companies, mobile communication providers, . Specific interviews with IT company representatives included marketing directors, division managers, and product representatives were conducted.

All market data pertains to the global market with selective regional and country data. The base year for data was 2015. Historical data was provided for 2010 through 2014 with forecast data provided for the years 2016 through 2020. The forecasted market analysis for 2015-2020 was highly influenced by the uptake of new technologies in the health industry, government incentives and requirements, product marketing, availability and demographic trends.


  • Executive Summary
    • TECHNOLOGY IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY
    • METHODOLOGY
    • SIZE AND GROWTH OF THE MARKET
      • Table The Mobile Health Outlook, 2010-2020 (in millions of dollars)
    • ISSUES FACING THE IT HEALTHCARE MARKET
  • Industry Overview
    • WHAT IS MOBILE HEALTH?
      • Benefits of Mobile Health Technologies
    • WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY -THE FIRST STEP IN UNDERSTANDING MHEALTH
      • Overview
      • Wireless Technology Adoption
        • Table Telephone Technology Adoption (millions of subscriptions)
        • Table Country Analysis for Telephone Technology Adoption, 2014 Estimates
      • How Does Wireless Technology Fit in the Health Industry?
      • Wired versus Wireless Healthcare Technologies
        • Table Key Differences between Wired and Wireless Technologies
    • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
      • Network Service Operators
      • Software Providers
      • Device Manufacturers
    • REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
      • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Requirements for Mobile Medical Applications
    • THE NEED FOR MOBILE HEALTH
      • Increasing World Populations
        • Table Global Population and Average Annual Change, 2005 – 2050 (population in thousands)
        • Table World Population by Major Geographic Region, 2010 – 2050
      • Aging Populations
        • Table Global Population Trends Age 65+, 2000-2050
      • Rising Prevalence of Chronic Diseases and Mortality
  • MHealth Solutions
    • MHEALTH SOLUTION COMPONENTS
    • MOBILE MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
      • Table Examples of FDA Cleared Mobile Medical Applications (Updated February 17, 2015)
      • Apps and Tablet PCs
    • MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEMS
      • Table Major Mobile Device Operating Systems
      • Apple App Store
        • Table Apple App Store's "Top Paid Medical Apps"*
      • Google Play Store
        • Table Google Play Store's "Top Paid Medical Apps"*
    • THE APP BUSINESS
    • MEDICAL DEVICES VIA APPS
    • MOBILE DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING
      • Mobile Cardiovascular Disease Management
      • Mobile Application Examples
      • Mobile Diabetes Management
      • Mobile Application Examples
      • Mobile COPD Management
      • Mobile Application Examples
      • Other Mobile Patient Monitoring
    • MOBILE DIAGNOSTICS
      • Mobile Neurological Diseases Diagnosing
      • Mobile Vision Disorder Diagnostics
      • Mobile Developments in Diagnosing Infectious Diseases
    • MOBILE TREATMENT
      • Mobile Telemedicine
      • Mobile Home Care
      • Mobile Rehabilitation
    • PRACTITIONER MANAGEMENT AND EMR CONNECTIVITY
      • EMR Connectivity
      • Coding and Billing
      • Airstrip Remote Patient Monitoring - Airstrip Technologies, LP
      • Allscripts Wand - Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
      • Care360 Mobile - Quest Diagnostics, Inc.
      • EBM iDO Viewer - EBM Technologies, Inc.
      • Electronic Medical Assistant - Modernizing Medicine
      • Impax Volume Viewing 3.0 - Agfa Healthcare, NV
      • Intelliport System - Becton Dickinson
      • iNtuition Suite- TeraRecon, Inc.
      • iTriage App - iTriage LLC
      • Mobile Medication Compliance - Telesofia
      • Mobilect Viewer - Nephosity, Inc.
      • NueMD - Nuesoft Technologies
      • OnPatient - DrChrono
      • Rapidresults - Ramsoft, Inc.
      • ResolutionMD Mobile - Calgary Scientific, Inc.
      • Tablet Viewer Software for Image Suite - Carestream Health, Inc.
      • Zoll RescueNet Code Review - Zoll Data Systems
    • MOBILE PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES, TOOLS, AND TRAINING
      • Epocrates, Inc.
      • ECG Guide - QxMD
      • Lexicomp Medical Apps - Lexi-Comp
      • Medscape Mobile - WebMD
      • Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy - Elsevier, Inc.
      • Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy - Antimicrobial Therapy
      • STAT ICD-10 Coder - Austin Physician Productivity
      • Tarascon Pharmacopoeia - Tarascon
    • MOBILE APP MARKET OVERVIEW
    • PROJECTED APP DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH
      • App Forecast by Platform
    • THE MOBILE APP MARKET: EXCEEDING $60 BILLION
      • Table The Global Market Opportunity for Mobile Applications, 2010-2020 (in millions of dollars)
    • THE MARKET FOR MEDICAL APPS
      • Table The Global Market for Mobile Medical Applications, 2010-2020 (in millions of dollars)
    • ANALYSIS OF MEDICAL APPS BY CATEGORY
      • Global Medical App Markets
        • Table Share of Dollar Value for Mobile Medical Applications by Select Country (% of Global)
  • Mobile Devices: Industry Overview
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Mobile Devices in Healthcare
      • Smartphones vs. Tablets
        • Table Key Considerations in Smartphone and Tablets in Healthcare
    • MARKET PARTICIPANTS
      • Table Major Mobile Device Providers
    • APPLE, INC.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Apple, Inc. Corporate Overview
      • Performance Review
        • Table Apple Financial Details Review ($millions)
      • Products and Services
    • SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Samsung Corporate Overview
      • Performance Review
        • Table Samsung Financial Details ($millions)
      • Products and Services
    • THE MOBILE DEVICE MARKET
      • Table The Global Market for Mobile Devices, 2010-2020 (in millions of dollars)
      • Global Mobile Device Markets
        • Table Share of Dollar Value for Mobile Devices by Select Country (% of Global)
  • Wireless Network Operators: Industry Overview
    • INTRODUCTION
      • 4G-Long Term Evolution (LTE) and other Advanced 4G Connections
      • The 5G Revolution
    • MARKET PARTICIPANTS
      • Table Major Mobile Service Providers
    • AMÉRICA MÓVIL
      • Company Overview
        • Table América Móvil Corporate Overview
      • Performance Review
        • Table América Móvil Financial Details Review ($millions MXN)
    • AT&T, INC.
      • Company Overview
        • Table AT&T Corporate Overview
      • Performance Review
        • Table AT&T Financial Details Review ($millions)
    • CHINA MOBILE LIMITED
      • Company Overview
        • Table China Mobile Corporate Overview
      • Performance Review
        • Table China Mobile Financial Details ($millions RMB)
    • T-MOBILE
      • Company Overview
        • Table T-Mobile Corporate Overview
      • Performance Review
        • Table T-Mobile Financial Details Review ($millions)
    • VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Verizon Communications Corporate Overview
      • Performance Review
        • Table Verizon Communications Financial Details Review ($millions)
    • VODAFONE GROUP PLC
      • Company Overview
        • Table Vodafone Corporate Overview
      • Performance Review
        • Table Vodafone Financial Details Review ($millions GBP)
    • THE MOBILE WIRELESS NETWORK SERVICE MARKET
      • Table The Global Market for Mobile Wireless Network, 2010-2020 (in billions of dollars)
      • Global Markets
        • Table Share of Dollar Value for Mobile Services by Select Country (% of Global)
  • The mHealth Opportunity
    • mHEALTH: TODAY'SMARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Table The Mobile Health Outlook, 2010-2020 (in millions of dollars)
    • MHEALTH: FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
    • MOBILE HEALTH MARKET OPPORTUNITY BY CARE FOCUS
      • Cardiovascular Disease
      • Diabetes and Obesity
      • COPD and Asthma
      • HIV
      • Behavioral Health
      • Pregnancy and Fetal
      • Stroke
    • MEDICAL APPLICATIONS: DRIVING mHEALTH IMPLEMENTATION
      • Table The Global Market for Mobile Medical Applications, 2010-2020 (in millions of dollars)
    • EVALUATING THE MOBILE DEVICE MARKET IN HEALTHCARE
      • Table The Global Market for Professional Mobile Devices in Healthcare, 2010-2020 (in millions of dollars)
    • WIRELESS NETWORK OPERATORS: FOCUSING ON HEALTHCARE
      • Table The Global Market for Mobile Wireless Network Services in Healthcare, 2010-2020 (in millions of dollars)
    • GLOBAL OVERVIEW
      • Asia Pacific
      • Europe, Middle East and Africa
      • Latin America
      • North America
  • Key Sources of Information

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