As mobile technology continues to evolve, operators are recognizing more opportunities to provide consumers with valuable solutions.

To bring the possibilities into focus and see just where mobile health tech is headed – and how fast – Wireless Week reached out to TeleCommunication Systems Vice President and General Manager of VirtuMedix Kannan Sreedhar for his thoughts.

[Wireless Week] What are the latest trends in mobile health technology?

[Kannan Sreedhar] Over the past few years we have seen tremendous strides in the mobile health technology field.  Analysts are forecasting the industry to grow from $10.2 to $23 billion by 2018. The latest trends in mobile health technology include the advancement of personal health devices from disease management to wellness; the continuous evolution of care models including the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH); and the growth of retail healthcare, which have all contributed to the consumer-centric healthcare models.

[WW] Where is mobile health technology headed? What is the most promising aspect of the potential future of mobile health?

[KS] Mobile health technology is moving towards more immediate and efficient access to healthcare providers and services, enhanced patient engagement, and leveraging location-based services across the mobile network. The most promising aspect of mobile health is the virtualization of care via increased access paired with cost-effective solutions able to reach a broader patient population.

[WW] How do you foresee mobile operators being involved in mobile health tech? What kinds of products or services might they offer?

[KS] Mobile carriers will be instrumental in leveraging the Internet of Things for automated patient management and the quantified self. Additionally, mobile carriers will work with mobile health providers to offer solutions such as remote disease monitoring, wellness management, aging at home monitoring, clinical trial patient management, remote asset tracking, consumer and public health initiatives, and virtual visits.

[WW] Do you think the rise of mobile health technology will change the greater healthcare system?

[KS] Absolutely. Mobile health technology will lead to improved patient outcomes and more ubiquitous access to healthcare services and providers across a diverse economic and demographic spectrum in the face of a shortage of primary care physicians.

TeleCommunications Systems will be at booth #414 at this week’s Competitive Carrier’s Association conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.