Mobile health could lead to a paradigm shift in healthcare & prove to be an asset in enhancing patients knowledge & concerns about their health. It allows patient & their doctors to communicate with each other from any place & enables them to keep the track of their patient health. As per researchers, the mobile health market is expanding rapidly, and it is forecasted to reach $58.8 billion by 2020.
In our previous articles, we explain Telemedicine, Internet of things, Artificial intelligence in healthcare, virtual reality in healthcare, Hospital information system, Augmented reality in healthcare, Nanorobots, Medical Robots in healthcare, laboratory information system, Types of Healthcare, healthcare transformed by technology etc in detail. In this article, we are going to explain how mobile health changes the way of healthcare delivered in detail.
Mobile Technology in Healthcare:
Around the world, mhealth activities bring a boost in the healthcare industry & become the first choice of all healthcare providers. As per the global survey, World health organisation found that mobile health activities spread their wings in almost all countries, but with variation in adoption levels. Following activities includes responding to patient enquiries online followed by using telemedicine, raising health awareness, SMS for appointment reminders, monitoring patients, accessing patient records etc.
4 Ways how mobile is transforming healthcare?
In this modern era of digitisation, everything is going to be squizzed day by day with more advancement. Technology is in process of bringing a great revolution to every piece of the healthcare industry such as medicine, wellness, fitness etc. Here we are going to discuss different ways of how mobile devices is transforming healthcare. Have a look.
(i) Provide Remote Patient monitoring:
With the help of the mobile device, now doctors or physicians can easily diagnose or treat their patients who live in a remote area or not able to visit their clinics using remote patient monitoring technique. It allows hospital staff & caregivers to share patient history & records with doctors. With the help of this nurses or caretaker can easily track the patient motion & location. Especially in the case of dementia if a patient walks outside of specified area, it shows an alert to nurse or caretaker if he/she stops moving. It proves to be a beneficiary in monitoring elderly patients who live independently in their home.
(ii) Wearables :
Today’s lots of wearable devices came into existence which got sync to mobile devices & let the person know about their health. In the market, lots of wearable devices like Fitbit, wristbands, glasses etc are available that play crucial roles in monitoring & tracking the personal wellness of an individual. For eg applications such as HexCare aggregate, the data acquired by these wearables into an appropriate dashboard & shows the people exact results of their health. Some applications also include the facility of indicating alert/warning to a patient in case of emergency & allow the physicians to treat their patients even at a remote distance.
(iii) Helping the Elderly and Expectant Mothers:
Mobile devices really change the way of care delivered not for youngers even for elderly also. Mostly, the elder people & expectant mothers forget to take their prescriptions at the specified time which adversely affects their health. Mobile health technology or devices have the potential to overcome these problems & helps them anytime anywhere. Patients no longer to visit doctor’s office to be reminded to take their medicine, they got personal reminders via email, automated text messages or phone calls. For expectant mothers, various healthcare mobile apps are available in the market which tells them how to handle various stages of pregnancy & problems that come up.
(iv) Extending Rural Access:
To provide medical services in the rural areas is a big challenge for almost all countries around the world. Every nation has disparities between rural & urban areas because of the availability of multi-specialist hospitals, healthcare professionals etc in urban areas. With the help of mobile healthcare services, people live in a rural area gets easily connected with their doctors or physicians through video conferencing. Using broadband connections, doctors geographically examine/diagnose the patient problem & treats them as soon as possible. As per research, mhealth really cuts the costs of medical care among the elderly by 25%, improve tuberculosis treatment compliance by at least 30%.
Mobile Healthcare Applications:
With the emerging technology, mhealth is the platform which helps or supports people to get knowledge of their health at their fingertips & at doorsteps. Have a look at its applications.
- Diagnostic & Treatment support
- Remote data collection
- Education & Awareness
- Remote monitoring
- Chronic Disease & epidemic outbreak tracking
- Emergency response system
- Communications & training for healthcare providers
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