A new age for healthcare

January 29 2018

With the growing number of smartphone users all over the world, it's no surprise that banking, retail, education, and many other fields are now “going mobile.”

With the growing number of smartphone users all over the world, it's no surprise that banking, retail, education, and many other fields are now “going mobile.”

But one of the most useful new applications is Mobile healthcare (dubbed “mHealth)”,  and it promises to change the very core of how we deal with health. It is providing new ways to interact with healthcare providers and allowing us to take charge of our personal health.

There are now a huge number of smartphone applications (or “apps”) that offer everything from fitness monitoring to health reminders to initial diagnosis. Many people are already using fitness apps are track heart rate, number of steps walked, stairs climbed, sleep patterns and more.

There are also apps dedicated to linking you with your hospital or doctor. Many hospitals now offer their own apps, and some are made to track the symptoms of specific illnesses, sending them to your doctor for his or her review.

mHealth apps are proving their worth. Take text reminder systems, which send notifications to people to take their pills or visit the doctor in a few days. One such recent system reduced patient readmission by 16%. mHealth, combined with Artificial Intelligence, is helping analyse the glut of new data coming from the aforementioned apps far faster than current resources can.

Whilst many will mourn the loss of the “personal touch”, there are huge benefits. Your phone will not only passively track what happens to you, but also actively maintain health and prevent emergencies.

Data security will obviously remain a major issue – but it seems the benefits are set to far outweigh the downsides.

Russell Isaac can be contacted on 0774 775 3764 or at www.ithomehelp.biz