A new study by Telenor and the Boston Consulting Group claims to show the benefits of mobile technology to the health sector.

In a statement, the two companies said that m-health could improve the quality, reach and effectiveness of services while reducing costs and the overall system burden.

The study looked at 12 countries but estimated that over 500 m-health projects were taking place globally.

Specifically, maternal and perinatal mortality can be reduced by 30 percent, tuberculosis treatment compliance can be improved by up to 70 percent and twice as many rural patients can be reached per doctor, the study predicted.

Costs in elderly care can be reduced by 25 percent, while those related to data collection can be reduced by 24 percent, the study added.

Key to the potential success is that the technology is now available and can be rolled out across both smart and feature phones, the number of which will grow to 7.4 billion by 2015.

"The technological development and successful pilots around the world demonstrate that the time for mHealth has come,” confirmed Knut Haanæs, BCG’s sustainability practice global leader.

Indeed, the study claimed that smartphones were the most popular technology among doctors since the stethoscope.

However, Telenor Group president and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas warned that regulatory action and ecosystem collaboration were needed to help the many projects that are struggling to achieve scale.

“We need to commit to common standards, increase access to mobile services and document the impact of mobile health,” he said.

 

More News

Telefónica and Ericsson to bring 4G to parts of the Amazon Telefónica and Ericsson to bring 4G to parts of the Amazon Telefónica Peru and Ericsson have embarked on a project to bring 4G connectivity to communities in the Amazon rainforest.  More detail
Iliad founder scoops up Orange Switzerland for €2.3 billion Iliad founder scoops up Orange Switzerland for €2.3 billion NJJ Capital, the personal holding company of French telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel, has agreed to buy Orange Switzerland from private equity firm Apax Partners for CHF €2.8 billion (€2.3 billion).  More detail
BASE blames government for digital TV exit BASE blames government for digital TV exit Belgian operator BASE is exiting the digital television market, claiming it cannot make its SNOW product work pay off because of "negative" government intervention. More detail
SFR pens in-flight roaming deal with AeroMobile SFR pens in-flight roaming deal with AeroMobile SFR has entered a roaming agreement with in-flight mobile operator AeroMobile to provide connectivity services to customers during flights. More detail
Orange Business Services over the moon as ESA enters cloud space Orange Business Services over the moon as ESA enters cloud space Orange Business Services has been selected to deploy and manage the European Space Agency’s (ESA) private cloud.  More detail
    

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Using our website, you agree to our use of cookies

Learn more

I understand

About cookies

This website uses cookies. By using this website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to SJP Business Media's use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

Cookies are files sent by web servers to web browsers, and stored by the web browsers.

The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables a web server to identify and track web browsers.

There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.

Refusing cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies.

In Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.

In Firefox, you can adjust your cookies settings by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”.

Blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of some websites.

Credit

This document was created using a Contractology template available at http://www.freenetlaw.com.