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mHealth information services expected to exceed 150m users by 2020 – according to Juniper

The new Worldwide Digital Health: Developed and Emerging Market Opportunities 2016-2020 report from Juniper Research estimates the number of individuals using mHealth information services is set to grow to over 157 million by 2020, more than tripling from the 50 million for last year.

The research highlights initiatives such as the MOTECH Foundation that aim to implement preventative healthcare by educating the population on issues, such as sexual health and pregnancy. Juniper also found that several organisations have adopted a crowdsourcing approach to develop solutions that address the challenges of engaging with and delivering information to end users. It cited Unicef’s Wearables for Good competition as a case in point, which resulted in Khushi Baby, a wearable device containing an individual’s health information.

The Diagnosing Digital Health’ whitepaper also argues that open source platforms will act as a game-changer for emerging markets over the coming years as healthcare workers seek more effective means of service provision in remote areas. However, Juniper claims that growth would be markedly higher than anticipated were it not for the significant commercial barriers to deployment in most markets.

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