Without a doubt, mobile technology has transformed the way the entire health care ecosystem works. Today, it doesn’t matter where you live in the world.

Because mobile technologies are making it easier for healthcare professional to deliver the best care possible to the patients who are away from hospitals and doctors office.

For example, mobile technology enables physicians to frequently keep track of their patient health, by sending timely medication reminder such as “It is 7 a.m. time to take your blood pressure medication”, and so on.

According to 2014 report by MedData Group, more than 10,000 apps are available in the healthcare category, and 75% of physicians use mobile to keep costs down and care quality up.

There are debates over the safety of mobile healthcare. But you don’t need to worry because Data Security and HIPPA are tackling these issues of mobile health security.

In case, if you are planning to develop a software or systems related to health care, then do follow this article which will help you to develop a software that complies with HIPPA rules.

Also read:  HIPAA Compliance Checklist for Software Companies

However, the safety of mobile health is questionable, but there is no denying that mobile health market is expanding.

According to statista, mobile health market expected to be around 58.5 billion U.S. dollar in 2020.

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And the reason behind the increase of mobile health care market is that it provides medical treatment at the right place and at the right time.

In this blog post, we will look how mobile is transforming healthcare for a better life ahead.

1. It helps in managing the chronic diseases.

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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), chronic disease is a leading cause of death, accounting seven out of 10 deaths.

Nearly, 133 million of Americans (45%) live with a chronic condition. And it is expected that the number will rise to 157 million Americans by the year 2020.

The reason behind the rise of chronic disease is the lack of Real-time management.

For example, once the person leave the doctor office, they are responsible for the daily management of the disease. Because it takes a month for the patient to fix next appointment with the doctor and by that time their chronic disease may be uncontrolled or complication might have set in.

To help those patients, we will need a bridge, a bridge which connects patients to the health care team.

Mobile healthcare technologies are that bridge, which provides patients with a real-time monitoring device.

A device which helps patient to track their own health records and send them electronically to the physicians or specialist which guide them what to do or what not to do.

The major advantage of the real-time monitoring device is that it keeps you out from the doctor office for routine care and directly reduces your health care cost.

A study reveals that remote monitoring technologies could save as much as $197 billion over the next 25 years in the United States.

Now, let us read how mobile technology, helps the people of china from chronic disease.

Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach develops electrocardiogram sensing handset to help those patients who are suffering from cardiovascular disease.

The device records 30 seconds of heart data and transmits that information electronically to the 24-hour Life Care Networks Call Centre in Beijing, and provide real-time feedback to the patients.

In case, if the patient is critical they send emergency service to the patient.

2. Provide help to elderly patients and expectant mothers.

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The most widely known symptom elderly patient have is memory loss. Due to which they forget to take prescription drugs on time.

It was noticed that only 50% of patients take their medicine on time and rest either forgets or do not take medicine prescribed by the physician on time.

This means that patients have lost the half benefit of the medicine. But don’t worry. The situation has changed now.

Today, mobile is helping those patients who forget to take their medicine on time through health care apps.

These apps remind patient about the medicine by sending push up notification. So, that they don’t forget and take every dose which they need on time?

Also read: 9 Questions to Ask When Thinking About Mobile App Ideas

In case, if the patient does not take the right amount of medicine on time. Healthcare app notifies health care staff about the situation and they immediately get in touch with that patient.

Let us go through an example of a mobile app which helps pregnant women.

Text4Baby is a mobile application for pregnant women, which send regular text message to pregnant women on how to handle various stages of pregnancy and problems that come up.

3. Helps in accessing medical care in Rural Areas.

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According to Healthy People 2020, accessing to healthcare is important for:

  • Overall physical, social, and mental health status
  • Prevention of disease
  • Detection and treatment of illnesses
  • Quality of life
  • Preventable death
  • Life expectancy

But, for rural people accessing healthcare facilities is tough because health care providers and specialist are more likely to be located in major areas where all facilities are available.

This Problem of rural people does not remain for long, thanks to mobile technology, which has allowed rural people to overcome the limitation of geography health care.

Plus, the rural patient gets a second opinion of another physician by simply sending the medical data through mobile.

Let us look how mobile cross the geographic limitation of health care.

Japan has a number of remote areas, which are away from urban areas. Some of them are located in mountain areas far from major cities and to access medical care to that area is difficult.

To cope with this problems, Medical Care Asia gave 3G wireless devices to 300 residents of rural Hokkaido.

This device records and transmits blood pressure, weight and distance walked through pedometer.

Through, this device doctors can examine the data of each individual and make medical recommendation according to that.

Now let see how mobile help the rural people of India.

In a country like India where doctors are in short supply in rural areas. Due, to which rural people finds difficulty in accessing the medical care.

To cope up with this problem, Government of India installs a broadband connection to those areas where access to medical care is difficult.

Through the broadband connection, the doctor can examine the rural patient and diagnose particular problem through video conferencing.

4. Mobile empower frontline health workers with medical knowledge.

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Back when mobile was not introduce, most of the frontline health workers faced difficulties in accessing common medical problems and the reason behind facing problems, is lack of knowledge.

Due to which, most of the health workers fail to cure their patients who are suffering from the disease.

But the situation has change now. Thanks to the introduction of mobile technology, health workers can now update their skills and can find solution to their medical problems.

A project called “Empowering Frontline Health worker” was launched. The primary motto of this project was to sends latest medical information to the frontline health worker mobiles.

The message contains information on neo-natal care, immunization, and childhood diseases which sent directly on health workers mobile phones.

This project helped frontline health worker to deliver more effective heath care to the person who are suffering from the disease.

By reading this, you can easily understand how mobile has change the way frontline health workers were working.

Conclusion:

There is no doubt, mobile device have definitely transform health care. It has built the bridge where patients have the ability to connect with their doctors from any place, which enable timely monitoring of patient for better health and it also saves your money by decreasing your doctor visit.

In addition to this, mobile technologies provide latest information to health care professional which improve health care system.