The third annual mHealth Summit, held in Washington, D.C. area showcased the areas where vast improvements could be made with the help of technology. There was also an understanding that, as compared to many other industries in the U.S., health care has not kept pace. For example, mobile technology could reduce costs and increase the level of care recieved.
One of the summit's keynote speakers, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged the widespread adoption, "Virtually every American today has a cellphone. ... And every year, our phones have more features and computing power." She added, "As our phones get more powerful, they are becoming our primary tools for doing everything from getting directions to deciding where to eat. And, increasingly, that includes using our phones to track, manage and improve our health."
The mHealth Summit which was attended by 3,600 attendees from 46 states and 48 countries, up from 2,400 attendees last year, demonstrated strides made to date. Entrepreneurs and technology vendors see health care as a market ripe with potential. The iTunes store boasts nearly 12,000 health-related applications. So if the technology already exists and leaders from both the public and private sectors see the need, why has progress in mobile health been slow?
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