The face of healthcare is ever-changing thanks to new technology. Healthcare workers, doctors, and nurses have fully embraced the inventions that are helping to make care more mobile, such as smartphones, tablets, long-distance surgeries, etc. Here are three of the top mobile opportunities that are making modern healthcare exciting:
iPads or other mobile devices
These days it’s pretty common to see your doctor come into the exam room carrying a tablet, smartphone, or another device. They can use it to look up things like types of medication, location of nearby pharmacies, or even to access your health records or make future appointments. In fact, a survey in the publication Information Week Healthcare magazine found that nearly 70 percent of doctors are now using these mobile devices to access the data they need to assist them in taking care of their patients.
Patients are using these mobile devices to learn more about their conditions as well, because they can get apps to do things like keep track of their blood pressure, tell them when it is time to take their medications, or monitor things like blood sugar levels, etc. These mobile devices and apps are making the care easier to manage and can be quick to give answers to both the caregiver and the patient.
Personal health records in digital format
One of the most exciting up and coming mobile aspects of healthcare are what is called personal health records. These are especially valuable for anyone that has a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or other long term problems. The personal health records or PHR is a link to the digital records of the patient’s health that is an interactive way for both patients and doctors to monitor and manage the person’s health.
These are available now and are expected to get even more popular in the next few years.
The PHR is already seeing use through a pilot program being run by Microsoft with the Greenway Medical Technologies that will let people put together an account called a HealthVault from which they can access health data on themselves that includes their allergies, medical test results, history of vital signs, medications being taken, family medical history, etc.
In today’s electronic age, there are already many healthcare companies that are partnering up with the telemedicine industry. These are becoming valuable tools that doctors and other healthcare officials can use to provide services to their patients.
For example, in Tampa, Florida a healthcare company has partnered with a telemedicine service to help provide care for a local retirement community. The system is integrated with the patient’s electronic health records and can do things like telephone and video chat visits with patients and if needed, make them an in-person doctor’s appointment.
All in all, the world of technology is developing many advances in the mobile medicine arena that will help to make patient healthcare easier and be able to reach more people faster.