Mobile Devices as Health-Managers

 
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Smartphone and other mobile devices will be vital companions as far as health-management and health-information is concerned.

Scales, pieces of sports equipment, devices for the measurement of vital signs will be connected to mobile devices and smartphones remotely. All the collected data will converge in one comprehensive app. There the data will be evaluated and supplemented with other health-relevant and life-style data (as nutrition, examination-results, data from EHRs,…). From all the gathered information personal health-advice and guidelines will be derived, alarms will be generated,… In addition the app reminds of medication, excercice,… and aranges doctor’s appontment if needed (of couse in ccordination with the personal diary)…

In 2030 mobile devices will manage the whole personal health maintenance and disease prevention and monitor therapy and medication.

Mobile devices get more and more vital in many areas of life and many people manage a lot of daily thing via their MDs furthermore there is a growing market for health-related apps. The consequence being that the pursued path will lead us to a vision as drawn above.

 

8 Responses to “Mobile Devices as Health-Managers”

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  2. “Implement WLAN systems in hospitals are crucial to get mobile divices as health managers.
    The problema is that old hospitals have sometimes structural problems to install efficiently a WLAN System and sometimes is technically not possible.”

    Rodrigo Castro Apablaza at LinkedIn Group: eHealth Professionals

     
  3. “Too true – old buildings with thicker walls are a challenge for WLAN – sometimes even when technically possible, costs for it becomes the issue.”

    Heather Singer MacKay @Rodrigo: at LinkedIn Group: eHealth Professionals

     
  4. Agree with other comments. WLAN with WIFI has a radio coverage limitation in old buildings. Need a lot of Access Point to cover all the area. That mean cost increase.

     
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  7. I recently tested an app which supports and remember patients to take their medication regularly. This mentioned functions are nothing very special. However, one feature of the app, the reason for choosing it to test, was the ability to choose so called “medication-friends”. That means that the user can connect friends, relatives or physicians with their virtual pill-box. Now, if the user of the app forgets to take his drugs, his “medication-friends” will be notified automatically to remind him to follow his medication plan. Especially in connection with elderly patients this is a very useful feature. One negative aspect of this app is, that the collected data e.g. the used medication or patient demographics are shared with pharmaceutical companies. It is a free app so you have to pay with your data.
    Nevertheless in my opinion this “cloud-synced-medical-adherence-app” is a good example for the use of mobile health managing devices.

     
  8. I absolutely agree with the fact that mobile devices will be our future health supporting devices. I tested an very small insulin pump directly on the body one year ago. During this trail the pump was controlled via a bluetooth remote control. After the trail I figured out that these remote control should be exchanged with a smart phone app. I think thats an good example how common mobile devices can support health care. I think when the security of the patient and the data is guaranteed, there is no reason why we should not use mobile devices like smart phones or tablets.

     

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