The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 3 (June 2014) - Page 6

Deploying mHealth: Overcoming Barriers to Adoption Deploying mHealth: Overcoming Barriers to Adoption It is now widely accepted, amongst the wider healthcare profession, that the socalled ‘Digital Revolution of Healthcare’ is, and will continue to be, an essential mechanism, necessary to help overcome some of the many challenges facing modern medical provision. Every democratic society has to address practical questions about the availability and distribution of medical services. Life expectancy is projected to increase from an estimated global average of 72.6 years in 2012 to 73.7 years by 2017, bringing the number of people over age 65 to around 560 million worldwide, or more than 10 percent of the population. In Western Europe this proportion will hit 2