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mHealth TMT Briefing: Winter 2013

The rise of mHealth opens up the possibility of empowering patients to choose where and when they engage with healthcare services. Imagine being able to go on holiday and still have your heart check up; just as BMW provides remote diagnostics for your car, your doctor will be able to do the same for your heart. These developments need close cross-sector collaboration from those in the healthcare and TMT sectors.

This paper discusses the main legal issues which those in the mHealth market need to anticipate and work with.

Technology providers must find ways to overcome the unique challenges that come with this new territory. These include data security concerns, a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape, changing models for IP protection and the increasing importance of interoperability standards. Companies that can find innovative ways to tackle these issues will be the main commercial beneficiaries in the coming mHealth revolution.