The Role of Mobile Technology in Healthcare

Healthcare system is moving little by little toward new samples of patients maintenance based on combined care processes shared by different caregivers and on an authorized role of the patient. Mobile technologies are take an emerging role in this model. This is particularly true in care processes where the patient has a specifically increased role.

The role of mobile technology in healthcare industry is decisive as it can improve communication and refine the integration of care processes. mHealth can increase the productivity of healthcare producers, and therefore may even improve the productivity of healthcare system. Concerning external relations of health care institutions, mHealth can strengthen the transparency and thus increase the accountability of health care providers and system, but it can also authorize patients. And the biggest prospect of mHealth is to enhance the quality of life and the correspondence of healthcare.

Mobile technology in healthcare has two major path that are developing in parallel, at different speeds, which are influencing each other. First is the technology, devices, applications and services for the treatment and care of patients, and the second is the systems and devices designed to monitor compliance with a healthy lifestyle (wellness) and fitness. You could say that the second path has a relatively weak relationship with medicine and health, and you would be right. But, these two fields are slowly merging together. It would therefore be more correct to talk about healthcare or medicine, and the security of human health as they relate to mobile apps, and not just about technology.

We can break up the industry for this type of device into 3 parts:

Devices for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The market for devices and applications for fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is developing much faster than the slower growing mHealth. This is because the healthcare industry is very conservative. New products and services become available only after numerous tests, clinical studies and levels of approvals from various agencies. These strict requirements are not required for fitness devices to find their way to the consumer. According to the survey, which was carried out by Accenture, 43% of consumers worldwide want to buy a device to monitor their physical activity and physical condition.

Wearable technologies.

It may not be strictly accurate to refer to the wearable technology market as mHealth, but it is very closely related to the scope of devices for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This means that it is often impossible to understand what to include in this or that device. The list of products in this category include: smart watches and sunglasses, 3D trackers (to track throws in basketball or the effects of collisions during American football, etc.), or wearable cameras.

Devices to monitor health to diagnosis and care for patients.

According to many researches, this market will be an $8 billion USD market by 2019. This category includes mHealth:

  1. Monitoring for patients heart, blood pressure, glucose levels, brain function, sleep, etc;
  2. Multiparameter Monitoring System
  3. Systems for remote interaction with doctors
  4. Handheld, implantable and ingestible sensors for various vital signs
  5. Diagnostic systems and quick analysis (blood, saliva, urine, respiratory, etc.)
  6. Systems to care for the elderly, chronically ill and children
  7. Applications for health monitoring, to control the use of drugs, treatment planning and training systems

Any developing the industry has adherents and opponents.

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