72 percent of caregivers interested in mHealth

By Brian Dolan

According to a recent survey conducted by Accenture and sponsored by the GSM Association, consumers are not only interested in embedded devices and services, like connected health services, but many believe that using them would enrich their lives. Their research included results from an online survey which polled 1,005 early adopter consumers that own at least four networked devices and use multiple internet software services. Survey respondents were from the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, India and Brazil.

Of those consumers surveyed:

> 76 percent believe most of the electronic devices they purchase in the future will be networked
> 88 percent said that networked devices would save them time
> 86 percent said these devices would simplify their live
> 82 percent agreed that these devices would bring them closer to friends and family

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    Accenture also asked respondents more specifically about their opinions on mobile-enabled systems for care givers of elderly persons living alone. Accenture and the GSMA defined networked systems for caregivers as "devices that connect to one another and the Internet to monitor a person's vital signs, level of physical activity, and physical condition, as well as devices that monitor for safety hazards."

    > 41 percent of consumers expressed interest in mHealth systems for caregivers
    > 72 percent of those who identified themselves as caregivers also indicated interest

    For more on the survey, read this press release