According to the Deloitte study, aggregate hospital revenue from outpatient services grew from 30 percent in 1995 to 47 percent in 2016. The reason why medical procedures are moving into outpatient facilities, is mainly due to technological advances such as minimally invasive surgical procedures and value-based care incentives. Interestingly, it was found that hospitals with greater revenues from quality and value contracts provided more outpatient services than other hospitals. For instance, outpatient revenue was 18 percent higher for diseases of the circulatory system and 13 percent higher for diseases of the musculoskeletal system among hospitals with large incentives. These findings pinpoint how the healthcare is changing and that the outpatient clinics are being more used and accepted, especially for the circulatory and MSK system services.
Undoubtedly, technology is rapidly affecting how the healthcare industry is moving and in what direction. This article presents how mHealth (usage of mobile device in the healthcare context) is offering benefits to all stakeholders; in this case hospitals, physicians, patients and remaining employees. Presence of mobile devices allows to be connected in real time, receiving and giving the information, ensuring that the communication is smooth. According to market analysis, which is presented within this article, mobile devices, wearables etc. are inevitable tools for fitness activity and preventive care. The essence is in its versatility; starting from simply booking appointment to accessing treatment plans, alerts and/or even watching educational videos. All of those are great reasons to include mHealth solutions in the preventive and lifestyle medicine. Developing personalized application can help both patients and specialists being on the same wavelength and therefore bring the cost and time effectiveness.