As the part of the modern generation, we are obsessed with technology and more so with our mobile phones. Although they were just introduced to us less than half a century ago, we have accepted it as a part of our lives and cannot imagine a day without them. Our obsession with our phones is quite reasonable because these are not just phones; it’s an all in one device. We depend on it for everything from sending texts to listening to music to even editing our documents.
The technology in our mobile devices has helped in the advancement of many sectors, including healthcare.
From the traditional ‘Ring up the doctor’ to the latest mobile applications for health tracking, mobile technology sure has made progress in health care.
Not so long ago, we had to rely on professionals for health care expertise. Tracking down the diseases, recording the changes in our health and giving information and guidance in our health was the doctor’s job. But the modern mobile phone technology has transformed the trends in healthcare.
Different apps available on health care have made it possible for users to check one’s own health in a more convenient manner. As each day passes, at least one new app is launched. Making use of these applications assists us in leading a healthier life.
These apps can potentially prevent and manage diseases, providing ‘Power to patients’. Apps such as MyMacros+, MyFitnessPal help people track diet and nutrition, and track their physical activities.Some personalized apps can also help manage a personal health condition. These data are quite beneficial and has helped many individuals maintain a healthier lifestyle.
We have embraced the idea of digital health. Reports show that 58% of Smartphone users have a health app in their phones.
It is not surprising that mobile phones have modernized healthcare as the services are easily accessible and more convenient. The phones are easy to carry and can be of help in emergency conditions. Not to forget, making urgent calls to the hospitals during the times of need has been a crucial advantage. You can ring up professionals for expert advice or Google up your health problems like most people prefer. Either way, mobile phone technology has sure made health care a lot more easier. For example: HealthTap and DoctorOnDemand are apps that allows you to have a virtual medical appointment or just get your questions answered.
Another huge advantage that mobile phones provide in healthcare is online health care services. The modern phones are mostly designed to provide easy internet access. There are sites that can give you authentic advices from professionals. Through your mobile phones, you can make appointments online and in some places have your meds delivered to your doorsteps. (Of course, you’ll still need a proper prescription). Mobile phones have sure simplified many health related issues.
You can track down the nearest hospitals, clinics and pharmacies around our location through the mobile GPS. There are even apps that specialize in just finding health related institutions on the push of a button. Fast, easy and convenient! App such as My Medical even lets you store your health record and send it to the healthcare provider with ease. Not just people, even doctors and health care personnel have taken advantage of technology. Epocrates allows doctors to look up for drug information and interaction with other consultants for referrals. Physicians are generally using Smartphones to record patient information allowing them access any time. Some advanced mobile sensors also help them identify potential health problems. The use of disease management apps and drug administration tools has also been growing. Advancement in mobile health technology has made it significantly easier for the professionals as well.
In conclusion, mobile phones have aided healthcare making services easier, simpler and more convenient. The mobile phone technology has made services accessible anywhere and anytime. With the increasing advancement on the technology, we can expect it to become even better. The technology in our mobile devices is the future of healthcare.