Monday, December 30, 2013

Mobile Technology Changing the Healthcare Landscape


The evolution in mobile technology has totally transformed the scenario of industries. Looking from the broader spectrum, it has revolutionized the way they conduct businesses to communicate with consumers. To keep up with the emerging trends, healthcare industry is also going through a major transitional phase.





Today, most of the businesses within Healthcare industry are switching to mobile. The rapid growth and advancements in technical fields are hugely benefiting the life science market whilst bridging the gaps between caregivers and patients through easy access. With more than 4.3 billion phone users around the world, the potential for healthcare market is huge. Moreover, around 78% users look for healthcare at their fingertips.

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Smartphone users can avail several health related information and advice to stay in pink of health. According to Deborah Estrin, the professor of computer science at Cornell NYC Tech in New York City, "We can leverage the power and ubiquity of mobile and cloud technologies to assist individuals, clinicians and researchers in monitoring and managing symptoms, side effects and treatment outside the clinical setting; and to address the lifestyle factors that can bring on or exacerbate health conditions."

Off-late, the mobile technology has gone a step ahead, whilst assisting medical practitioners and professionals with research-based treatments even in the remotest areas of the globe. With easy access to patients’ medical history, medical practitioners can take faster life saving decisions for their patients - improving the overall treatment procedures.

Besides, smartphones and tablets, there is an array of wireless devices contributing to the health and medical industries. Scanners, sensors, two-way radios and a host of other essential medical devices are switching to wireless. From assisting caregivers in accurately collecting patient’s specimen to control machines remotely in the patient’s room through machine-to-machine interface, there are wide categories of mobile devices in use.

Additionally, mobile phones help people with diabetes to measure their blood sugar level and automatically transmit them to the concerned health practitioners, whilst reducing the need of taking prior appointments or of visiting the medical centre. Moreover, some mobile apps remind patients to take their medicines on a timely basis and them to adhere to their medical instructions.

Currently, new and emerging mobile technologies assist users to keep a track of their health’s progress as well as, connect to their medical professionals for any health-related advice. Additionally, in the expanding global market, smartphones also have the potential to allow doctors and medical practitioners to diagnose patients with life-threatening conditions and provide treatment on-the-spot. This surely facilitates quick and accessible healthcare provision around the world.

Furthermore, the rapid advancement in mobile technology is dramatically improving the overall scenario of medical industry. Today, numerous researches are taking place to build medical applications that connect to complex laboratory devices remotely for instant health records. Such medical researches are empowering health industry to reach inaccessible places and provide better solutions.

Overall, it is clear that mobile technology is changing the face of healthcare and medical sectors. The easy access of smartphones with high-speed internet and other applications definitely benefit both, patients and medical practitioners. Thus, harnessing the power of technology, medical industry definitely gained huge potential to improve health of mankind.

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2013/10/03/mobile-phones-2017
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/519041/how-cell-phones-are-transforming-health-care-in-africa/
http://rt.com/usa/medical-device-apps-smartphone-295/
http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-security/cloud-security-and-mobile-devices-major-concerns-for-health-care-industry.html
https://communities.intel.com/community/healthcare/blog/2013/10/10/paving-hospital-halls-with-mobile-device-communication
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20130923/NEWS/309239949
http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2011/06/securing-mobile-devices-healthcare.html
http://phys.org/news/2013-02-mobile-healthier.html

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Anna Harris working as web content writer and a strategist for a major IT firm specialized in various Android apps development services.

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