As 2014 comes to a close and 2015 begins, people all over the country will set their eyes on a New Year's resolution. Invariably, many of these decisions will include more visits to the gym, more miles on the track and more pounds off the waistline. The fitness resolution is so ubiquitous that it has almost become a caricature of itself. But when someone says, 'This year will be different,' it might actually be true this time.
That's because personal health devices and apps have made their presence known in 2014 and could start to make a big difference in 2015. Folks who need that extra bit of motivation can take advantage of these platforms to follow through on their resolutions. Health centers that encourage the use of wearable health tracking devices will help their clients reach their goals and gain better access to patient health information.
Mobile health to take the spotlight in 2015
According to physicians and technology experts, mobile healthcare apps will be the biggest technology trend in 2015, reported Fox News. These apps track prescriptions, doctor visits, and other personal health items. Data from the mHealth App Developer Economics Report 2014 indicated that there are now over 100,000 mobile health apps, a number that has doubled since 2013. Additionally, the global health and fitness app market has reached $4 billion but is expected to grow to $26 billion by 2017. As the technology develops, its uses will only increase.
"Imagine the kind of data we could capture if patient monitors were as small as a dime," Michael Mancuso, CEO of Philips Healthcare's Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions group, told Fox News. "As sensor technology evolves, the industry will move toward more unobtrusive monitoring options that will be able to capture patient vitals and other data from sensors embedded into clothing or other materials."
Individuals take control of their health
The feedback that mobile health technology can provide to users allows them to track their health and progress toward their goals. Plus, the information can help doctors understand a patient's daily habits, according to International Business Times.
"It's a trend upward," Consumer Electronics Association president Gary Shapiro told IB Times. "There's a lot of things happening at the same time. There's a shortage of doctors, a lot of focus on the new health care law, and people are focusing on healthy lifestyles."
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