The first thing that the term Mobile Health does is to give hope. Ever since man invented the wheel, the motion was set for development. And the first chapters of human development were linked to science and health. Healthcare is as important as food and we have seen instances of it in the age-old healers to the modern medicine man. History will prove that more than 80% of scientific research is aimed at giving better healthcare and with every technological advancement, it improves by leaps and bounds. And the introduction of mobile technologies to healthcare has made it even more fantastic.
Mobile health is an umbrella term which refers to a gamut of operations which integrate to make care and cure easy, affordable and fast. It combines the best of technology and brings healthcare to your doorstep. The onset of mobile health has brought back the concept of house calls.
How mobile health is made possible
Tools – From the simple cellphones to the state of the art iphones, ipads, tablets and even your home laptop, every device can now be a link to good health. Research points to over 100% increase in mobile device usage for health in Americans which now points to a staggering figure of over 17 million. While care for the elderly is a focus here, research has also shown that a surprising percentage of usage is among the young – most under the age of 35.
Apps – Leading healthcare companies have developed advanced apps which can be downloaded on phones and laptops to monitor and regulate health as well as provide instant care whenever needed. These can range from nutrition advice to cancer cure. You can download anti-fatigue apps which will give sleep alerts to prevent accidents if you are tired and driving. You can get customized apps which will help you monitor chronic diabetes and heart conditions. Data logged in through your phone is updated with your physician. Constant monitoring and research can thus avert major disasters without incurring pain or cost.
Remote Monitoring – This remote monitoring is one of the key aspects of mobile health. Connecting the patient and doctor on a real time basis even at a distance has done away with the wait and the worry that marked earlier healthcare. It’s almost like ‘urgent care’ at home. And constant digital updates make less paperwork worry.
Instant Data Access – Patients data is not just updated in the doctor’s office but is a secured database which can be instantly accessed in times of emergency. Mobile health technology and applications have allowed a seamless integration of information between the patient, the physician, the diagnostic labs, the hospitals and the health insurance companies. This has not only helped reduce the diagnosis and treatment time but has significantly reduced the cost of treatment as well.
Care on Wheels – It also refers to specially built vehicles which are equipped to treat anyone, anywhere. These vehicles can act as clinics and as well as counseling centers. They also provide laboratory, emergency paramedic and first aid services as a part of a wider outreach program.
Mobile healthcare has brought with it increased awareness among patients and palpable excitement for healthcare professionals to cure faster and better. Reports estimate it at already being a $2.1 billion market, slated to grow by 20% more in the next two years.
Benefits of Mobile Health
- Cost effective
- Real time
- Faster results
- Prevents fatality
- Anticipates outbreak
- Quality healthcare – anywhere, anytime
One no longer needs to worry about getting to a doctor in time. Interestingly, it is the advanced technology of mobile health that has brought back the age-old patient-doctor rapport. The unseen yet real time link through the apps ensures that your doctor is not just aware of your current health condition, but also ready to leap in if any emergency should arise. The thought itself is enough to take half the stress away.