We are living in a mobile era where we have mobile apps for everything and every task of our life. Our health is not an exception at all. We have a plenty of mobile apps for medicines and fitness categories in the app marketplace.
It is an estimation that, we might have more than one million mobile health apps with $26 billion dollar revenue stream at the end of 2017. Colloquially, mobile health apps term as mHealth apps to practice medicine and public health using mobile devices.
Number of mHealth Apps
Today Google Play and Apple Stores have aggregately more than 97K apps related to health and fitness categories. Perhaps it is exceeding the demands of mHealth app of the entire globe.
Users & Revenue by mHealth Apps
If we look at the user data, we will find that more than half of all smartphone users gather health and fitness information through mobile devices. The overall revenue generated through top ten mHealth apps are $4 million. By 2017 it will reach $26 billion.
Downloads of mHealth Apps
Per day, more than 300K downloads take place on App Stores of all mobile marketplaces, for the free of charge, as well as paid mHealth apps. By 2017, category wise download will increase and touch new highs sothe clear picture mHealth data by category would be:
Preferences of Doctors for mHealth Apps
Lacunae in Mobile health and Fitness App Development
We have seen an encouraging scenario of mHealth apps in terms of downloads and approvals from the physician community. We know we have further categories and sub-categories of health and fitness apps in App Stores with decent download rates.
Existence of Individual Apps
Each class of apps has a unique role in the health parameters, and some have achieved unique places in it. The one category of the app will record a single type of health and fitness data and process it.
For instance, for fitness exercise, the “Moves” will act as a virtual pedometer. The “Nike+” will track the odd run. The “MyFitnessPal” will take care of food intake by giving ideas that what many calories have burned.
Issue of Pulling the Data
Unfortunately, health and fitness measurements have several such parameters to reach a sound decision for users and their physicians. If this array of apps is delivering individual results and data, it is tough to analyze them and draw a big picture of the actual health status of a user.
If a doctor has to prescribe a medicine for a patient using such numerous mHealth apps, he/she has to accumulate all data and reports on a dashboard on his laptop or PC and invent a new software to process all at a time! It is indicating the lacunae existing in recent mHealth application development and the strategies developed by the promoters.
Prediction of the Future of mHealth Apps
Due to lacunae described earlier, it is believe that fitness app consumption will decline in the next five years. However, experts believe that remote monitoring and consultation mHealth app would have bright prospects due to their usefulness in the real world.
It is true that the existing big players in the mHealth may not find a single solution that either collect all such data or compile data from the individually great mHealth apps. It is because they have gained mastery over one particular niche and looked for the rewards from it all.
There would be some entrepreneurs, who may invent one day the master-mHealth apps. Those apps would be with functional APIs that will pull the data from mobile apps, wearable apps, and from the cloud storage to compute the desired reports and presentations that users, as well as physicians, will able to consume.
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