eHealth or mHealth is considered to be the next big 'thing' for everyone. Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft and many other industries are trying to gain advantage on each other. Forced by fierce competition, after the boardroom meetings approving strategy and funding, they first create well-designed web pages and a strong media presence, promising heaven first and then start filling in the gaps. Of course we do not question their intentions to provide a quality product. Often they repeat this 'trick' with just a new design, suggesting everything is new and improved.Influenced by the speeding technologies, business models vaporize while we are watching. Brand new ones evolve, many with all the same promises in a different color and packing.
At first glance the market shows an impressive quantity of players which indicates at the same time something is wrong in the eHealth industry. Many millions are invested in thousands of eHealth apps of which 99% are no more than reflections of an idea without any depth beyond the visible part. Each maybe useful for a specific group of people for a while, but very few have a real lasting future. The 'real patient disease management capabilities' of most gadgets vary from unreliable to poor or insufficient. Managing DATA is not the same thing as managing a PATIENT. We all learn this very quickly too.
mHealth and eHealth attract a lot of attention but for most magazines and eHealth publications it is much more convenient to write about advertised 'shiny' gadgets than to investigate, study, present and discuss high quality applications with professionals for their subscribers.
mHealth and eHealth attract a lot of attention but for most magazines and eHealth publications it is much more convenient to write about 'shiny' gadgets that generate advertising revenue than to investigate, study, present and discuss high quality applications with professionals for their subscribers.
Most of us are tempted to use apps that do not really contribute to a better health or do not result in a more effective communication with their physicians. Physicians CANNOT and DO NOT WANT TO keep track of data coming in from hundreds or even thousands of different apps.