29 November 2011
Mobile healthcare applications for tablets and smartphones are set to reach 44 million downloads by next year, according to recent figures.
A study by Juniper Research, which provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, found that the popularity of medical applications is increasing and that their growth is expected to reach 142 million downloads by 2016.
Dubbed mHealth apps, these downloads cover a wide variety of topics relevant to health and wellbeing.
Report author Anthony Cox from the research centre said: "Acceptance of new healthcare practices like remote patient monitoring will come directly from consumers becoming engaged in mHealth through the smartphone."
He added that a five-year forecast of the market for healthcare apps showed that remote patient monitoring for cardiac outpatients and chronic diseases, and enterprise healthcare smartphones will become core parts of the usage.
Computer manufacturer Apple recently developed its mHealth apps by categorising them into relevant fields, a move that has been met with confusion by the medical sector. At launch there were only 13 apps available and currently there are only 116, many of which are still incorrectly categorised when they should appear in health and fitness sections.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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