By the end of 2012, 2.8m patients worldwide were using a dedicated mHealth home monitoring service of some variety, according to a report from Berg Insight.
That number includes only dedicated equipment with integrated connectivity, and not patients using their own mobile phone or tablet for remote monitoring.
Berg forecasts that the number of these dedicated home monitoring systems will grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 26.9 per cent between 2011 and 2017, to reach a total 9.4m connections worldwide.
“Widespread use of remote patient monitoring is still years away, but we are moving towards an age where mHealth solutions will become part of standard care pathways," said Lars Kurkinen, Telecom Analyst, Berg Insight. "Financial incentives are now coming into place and new mandates are formed that favourably affect the adoption of mHealth solutions. We believe 2013 will be a landmark year as the mHealth industry shifts into a strong growth phase that will last for many years to come.”
According to Berg, various factors across the world will help this market growth - including increases to re-admission penalties in the US, and the positive results of the NHS's Whole System Demonstrator project in the UK, and a new French mandate on compliance monitoring for all new sleep therapy patients.