Americans Want Mobile Health Services

Following months of hype grinding, partisan-politics, Obama's healthcare bill was just barely passed in the House of Representatives this past weekend, getting American just a little bit closer affordable healthcare. As the bill moves forward (it still needs to be put to the Senate floor), and as it (hopefully) reshapes American healthcare, it will be interesting to see what attention is paid to mobile healthcare initiatives. According to a study commissioned by CTIA-The Wireless Association and conducted by Harris Interactive, nearly 8 in 10 (78%) Americans are interested in receiving healthcare services through their mobile phone. Published this past month, the research conclusions were drawn from two separate studies conducted online in September, polling a total of some 5,500 US adults, 115 general practitioners and 129 specialists.

Notable results include: The study also found that more than one in ten (15%) of those surveyed are extremely/very interested in learning more about mHealth, nearly one in five (19%) would upgrade their existing wireless plan to participate, and 11% would consider switching wireless providers to receive medical services through their wireless device. Moreoveer, nearly one-fourth (23%) of respondents also say they would use mHealth, if it were available, instead of going to the doctor. Approximately four in 10 would use it to supplement doctor visits.

With high levels of mobile penetration among most American communitiess, there is little doubt that the mobile phone is poised to help deliver higher-quality, lower-cost, more-efficient, healthcare. Read more about this study here.