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European Union Consultation on Deploying Mobile Heath Services

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The European Union is launching a consultation to gather ideas about how mobile technology could be used to improve health services in Europe, which it expects could lead to cost savings of nearly EUR100 billion.

The EU also noted that mHealth also has the benefit of providing patients with greater control over their own health and well-being.

Investing in innovation

It is estimated that by 2017, 3.4 billion people around the world will own a smartphone and half of them will be using mHealth apps.

Nearly 100,000 such apps are already available, with the top 20 free sports, fitness and health apps accounting for more than 230 million downloads worldwide.

The EU has so far invested €100m in mHealth research, and almost €95m of further investment is up for grabs over the next 2 years.

Consulting the public

Despite the benefits of mHealth, concerns remain, such as the protection of data gathered by health apps and rules about how they can be certified as medical devices.

The EU is now inviting citizens, health professionals, public authorities, mobile phone manufacturers and others to give their views on issues related to mHealth, including what safety requirements there should be for health apps and how to encourage entrepreneurship around mHealth in Europe.

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