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Over the past few years, the healthcare IT sector has thrived exponentially; it’s one of the rapidly growing industries in today’s recession suffering economy. However, regardless of the massive growth, one obvious fact remains; products like EMR software (Electronic Medical Records) although being developed commercially since the 1990s, didn’t gain popularity until much later. Physicians, generally have been slow in adapting to the change in terms of practice and while Mobile Healthcare is likely to shape the future of healthcare delivery, we might still be here a couple of years from now, anticipating the inevitable.
Optimism is there though, with vendors and developers highly positive about returns for their investment. Many debate that the momentum brought on by the government’s backing of the healthcare IT can be utilized to push technology while healthcare providers feel more vulnerable to change. However, this doesn’t justify vendors by pushing immature applications as complete products for quick cash. Even though true mobile applications are still limited, the increased competition and limited resources has resulted in many vendors simply rebranding their existing products as mobile specific, much to the disappointment of excited users.
Most healthcare providers believe in the concept of demand driven change. They believe that it isn’t the healthcare community but instead the end consumers (patients), who would be crucial in driving a change of this sort.
It can be argued that we might not be that far away from witnessing the evolution of the healthcare industry. A significant majority of doctors and patients admitting their interest in Mobile Healthcare and with tens of thousands of hospital software and applications, like CloudPital, already available, there is no denying that the mHealthcare industry has the potential to become a huge force in the near future.