As heathcare IT spending is pushed to the front pages and mobile internet is the latest Wall Street and media darling, one has to wonder if mobile access for health and medical information will ever become the preferred medium for all things healthcare.
Patients will demand instant access to their personal health records. Sharing medical info and seeking second, third and on hundred opinions will likely gain traction. Mobile technology can make this happen. Or, would dependancy on mobile access for critical supporting platforms regarding real time health information be like bring a knife to a gun fight?
The Wall Street Journal reports “As more people gravitate to smartphones and tablets, they’re increasingly forgoing the desktop to the access the Web. Between 2008 and 2011, the percentage of U.S. adults who accessed the Internet from PCs daily grew to 62% from 54%. In the same period, the percentage of daily mobile Internet users rocketed to 26% from 4%, according to Forrester Research.
“People see this modality of consumption shifting from the PC to mobile,” said Matt Murphy, a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. “On top of that, mobile feels like it’s much more the kind of wide open that anybody can win kind of arena.”
Medical adaption of the latest technologies has traditionally lagged behind other markets. Perhaps a clamor from 300 million US consumer/patients will put mHealth in the fast lane.