Health care with mobile technologies: future or reality?

Posted on July 08, 2015

Health care with mobile technologies: future or reality?

An effective treatment with technologies is not a fairy tale anymore. It is not the next fantastic book or a new invented story, but a touch of an upcoming reality we live in. The all-embracing mobile health innovations have been making a visible step forward, keeping future closer day by day and turning the traditional beliefs from upside down. How near is future to us? Maybe, it has already come so fast, that we even don`t take a notice?

 

Let`s take a look at the next researches first. The survey of the company Research Now and the monitoring of Economy Intelligence Unit give us a clear picture of mobile health consuming trends from the point of view of patients and healthcare professionals. The data illustrates that more than a half (52%) of patients believe such applications will make healthcare system more convenient, will improve the quality of life (48%) and substantially reduce costs (46%). Considering healthcare professionals, 86% of them are sure, that mHealth apps increase their knowledge of patient`s conditions and improve relationships with patients (46%).

 

Patrick Figgis, Global Health Industries Leader:

“The ubiquity of mobile technology offers tremendous opportunities for the healthcare industry to address one of the most pressing global challenges: making healthcare more accessible, faster, better and cheaper. Unlike many other forms of communication, such as the Internet, mobile health will likely have a greater effect on how care is delivered.”

 

Health Apps have truly penetrated into our life. Wearable devices, fitness trackers, sensors, implicitly, are the new driving force in medicine. Almost everyone can check blood pressure, heart rate, medication compliance with special sensors. Mobile users utilize their apps every day not only to monitor their activity (60%), but also to record calorie intake (49%), to monitor weight loss (42%). They consider it a motivational kick to continue exercises and keep fit.

 

 

Tracking person`s state of health had never been so easy. The recent innovation of Elizabeth Holmes has proved this statement, as she discovered a new way of lab test performance. You need only a tiny pinprick and one drop of blood to get fast and accurate results.

 

Elizabeth Holmes, the Founder and CEO of Theranos:

“No one thinks of the lab-testing experience as positive. It should be! One way to create that is to help people engage with the data once their physicians release it. You can`t do that if you don`t really understand, why you`re getting certain tests done and when you don`t know what the results mean when you get them back.”

There`s even more. GlaxoSmithKline Company is testing new mobile sensors right now. The idea is to make clinic trials faster and more patient-centric. The next stage of sensor development is a small combo motion sensor, which can be applied and incorporated to various things and devices, such as usual sneakers. Future patches will give a possibility to measure the hydration level, and the heart rate will be instantly tracked with special wristbands. Sounds fantastic?

 

All these current gadgets look like from distant future. However, they have already become daily friends of mobile health consumers. Healthcare professionals expect blurring and intrinsic rapid changes within a conventional medical industry. What does humanity need to be ready for in future? The complex wearable body network or smart digital fashion?