Top 10 Mobile Health & Medication Adherence Research Reports

Alex Bettencourt - July 18, 2011

top 10 Top 10 Mobile Health & Medication Adherence Research Reports

If you’re ready to learn as much as possible about the latest research on mobile health and medication adherence, you might feel a little overwhelmed. A quick Google Scholar search can give you more than 10 pages of results; which is why we did all the hard work for you. Below are our top 10 favorite reports on mHealth and medication adherence. Enjoy!

1. “Medication Adherence:  Making the Case for Increased Awareness”
Co-authored by Hayden B. Bosworth at Duke University Medical Center, and the National Consumers League. This report evaluates the different causes of medication non- adherence from: delaying prescription fills, failing to fill prescriptions, cutting dosages, and more. The data in this report also reveals how poor adherence leads to considerable morbidity, mortality, and avoidable health care costs.

2. “Morgan Stanley Mobile Internet Report 2009″
This is the original report that verified smart phone usage was about to explode. Mary Meeker’s report may be overwhelming at first, but this report provides interesting insight to smart phone use among different demographics.

3. “The Power of Mobile – Pew Internet Research 2010″
Susannah Fox rocked the health care industry with the release of this report, “The Power of Mobile.” In this report she declares the “Online Access Revolution” completely over. This general report offers a plethora of evidence on why our health care industry must also go mobile.

4. “The Fastest Growing and Most Successful Health & Medical Apps”
This report examines the current state of health and medical related apps through Apple’s App Store, BlackBerry’s App World and the apps available for Google’s Android platform.

5. “A Call For Clarity: Open Questions on the Scope of the FDA Regulation of mHealth”
This whitepaper analyzes what mHealth hardware and software the FDA regulates. It also evaluates what device classifications the FDA places on mHealth technology.

6. “March 2011 Kaiser Report on Mobile Health Technology
Kaiser focuses on mobile technology’s aptitude to reach all corners of health care coverage, especially in underprivileged communities. It also observes how mobile reminders create opportunity to improve health care efficiency and medication adherence.  Unlike other reports, this Kaiser report also highlights challenges that hinder the full potential of mobile health technology.

7. “Capturing Value in the mHealth Oasis – An Opportunity for Mobile Network Operators
This Arthur D. Little report analyzes the latest advances in mobile health technology and how it will transform health care delivery  from being physician-centric to patient-centric.

8. “Development and Validation of Motivational Messages to Improve Prescription Medication Adherence for Patients with Chronic Health Problems
This research report is written and conducted by: Gary L. Kreps , Melinda M. Villagran, Xiaoquan Zhao, Colleen A. McHorney, Christy Ledford, Melinda Weathers, Brian Keefe, Department of Communication, George Mason University, and the National Cancer Institute. The objective of this report is to improve on previous medication compliance strategies, with SMS communication. Although intervention research is warranted to test the use of these motivational messages to promote medication adherence, it still provides valuable insight into what factors affect patient behavior.

9. “Cost of Patient Non-Compliance (Alignmap 2009 Study”
Alignment research provides a no-nonsense summary outlines the costs of noncompliance financially, physiologically, and socially. This report also evaluates methods of early recognition and interventions.

10. “mHealth Technologies: Applications to Benefit Older Adults, published by the Center for Technology and Aging (March 2011)”
This report discusses how “cell phones, smart phones, laptop and tablet computers, and other mobile-enabled devices are now used to help millions of older Americans, as well as their physicians and caregivers, in five areas: managing chronic disease, using medications properly, avoiding safety risks, accessing online health information, and staying well,” according to the Center for Technology and Aging.

11. “Mobile Communications for Medical Care: a Study of Current and Future Healthcare and Health Promotion Applications, and Their Use in China and Elsewhere”
Published by China Mobile in April 2011, Professor Ian Leslie Freng and Simon Sherrington share thorough accounts of their research on mHealth. Although this report is lengthy, it provides the most detail on all aspects of mobile health and its impact on unserved populations, illness prevention, behavior change, chronic disease management, health care delivery costs, public health programs and research.

Below are some other articles worth reading too:

1. Closing the Circle on Patient Adherence by Nicholas Basta, Pharmaceutical Commerce

2. The Real Cost of Patient Non-Adherence to Pharma Industry by Lisa Roner, Editor for Eye for Pharma

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