The joys of mHealth are many. CIOs nationwide are testing smartphone programs, tablet deployment, and remote patient monitoring projects in droves. They are real projects with potentially real outcomes.
But the rhetoric surrounding mHealth continues to be overblown, according to three experts' opinions we ran across over the past couple of weeks. And those individuals have a point: Mobile technology in healthcare has generated an enthusiasm that far outstrips its established benefits just yet.
For example, a blog post written earlier this month by Sanjay Basu, M.D., Ph.D. at EpiAnalysis, points out that proponents are wildly excited about the potential for smartphone-enabled healthcare monitoring, diagnosis and tracking in the developing world, particularly in deeply rural settings. But mobile technologies, he says "are just likely to be widely hyped but used by individuals in limited contexts as another tool for good practice rather than a panacea to global health problems.