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2.8m patients worldwide are using dedicated mobile health systems

2.8m patients worldwide are using dedicated mobile health systems
Zen Terrelonge

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Industry / Market Data / January 15th 2013 at 2:12PM

Set to rise to 9.4m connections by 2017.

2.8 million patients globally were keeping on top of their health from home via dedicated web-connected monitoring devices at the end of 2012, according to Berg Insight.

However, the figures are skewed somewhat, as the devices don't include personal smartphones, tablets and PCs, which would potentially spike the 2.8m significantly. To put it into context, health and fitness app publisher Noom boasts 15m installs, offering a rough guide to how open people are to monitoring personal wellness via mobile.

The home monitoring systems are set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.9 per cent between 2011 and 2017 to reach 9.4m connections.

Lars Kurkinen, telecom analyst, Berg Insight, said: "Widespread use of remote patient monitoring is still years away, but we are moving towards an age where m-health solutions will become part of standard care pathways.

"Financial incentives are now coming into place and new mandates are formed that favourably affect the adoption of m-health solutions. We believe 2013 will be a landmark year as the m-health industry shifts into a strong growth phase that will last for many years to come."

Meanwhile, the NHS recently issued an order for 100,000 new patients to be monitored with m-health by 2014.