KEY TAKEAWAY:   IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science,found a significant increase in the proportion of mobile health apps that focus on health conditions and patient care, as opposed to those for general wellness. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””] Health condition management apps now account for 40% of all health-related apps, up from 27% in 2015[/inlinetweet].  The biggest barriers to mHealth adoption are user experience and ensuring that HCP’s accept the data.

KEY TAKEAWAY: Studies indicate people with chronic conditions want to use mHealth devices at home for care management, but the devices and apps they’re trying are too complex or confusing. More than 100,000 (health) applications are now available in the leading app stores, and the assortment is constantly growing,” says a BAEK study that was discussed at the congress. But only a fraction of the programs are certified as medical products.Mobile health apps for smartphones and tablet computers are especially popular with young people. And demand is rising. There’s a caveat, though. 

Unknown-1KEY TAKEAWAY:A central theme in today’s tech industry is that start-ups, which promise to disrupt lucrative businesses,  become valued on the basis of fantasies about their potential rather than present reality. Investors are so keen to get a piece of any sexy-sounding startup that they lap up entrepreneurs’ hype—and anyone who asks awkward questions risks being cut out of the funding round in favor of someone more trusting.

UnknownKEY TAKEAWAY: With the number of mHealth apps exceeding 165,000 (IMS) there would seem to be a lot of opportunities, but the majority of available health apps continues to be concentrated in the areas in the areas of wellness, diet and exercise and just 36 apps account for nearly half of all downloads, while 40% of apps have fewer than 5,000 downloads.