500m people will use health apps by 2015: study
There are currently 17,000 health apps available to download
The new Global Mobile Health Market Report 2010-2015 by research2guidance predicts a revolution in mHealth applications. The company says that smartphone health applications will enable the mHealth industry to reach around 500 million of the 1.4 billion smartphone users by 2015.
"Our findings indicate that the long-expected mobile revolution in healthcare is set to happen. Both healthcare providers and consumers are embracing smartphones as a means to improving healthcare," said Ralf-Gordon Jahns, head of research at research2guidance.
According to the report, consumers are beginning to use smartphones to manage and improve their health.
There are currently 17,000 mHealth applications in the major app stores, 74% of them you have to pay for.
Forty-three percent of mHealth applications are primarily designed for healthcare professionals. These include CME (Continued Medical Education), remote monitoring and health care management applications.
"With the growing sophistication level of mHealth applications, only 14% of the total market revenue in the next five years will come from application download revenue" explains Egle Mikalajunaite senior research analyst. "76% of total mHealth application market revenue will come from related services and products such as sensors."