Mobile health apps are set to transform healthcare in the coming years as indicated with the growth of the use of mobile devices to access healthcare information. In September 2011, 17 percent of cell phone owners used their phone to look for health or medical information online. In September 2012, this figure grew to 31 percent.
"Blippar is a British company that's been working on augmented reality technology in smartphones for years, but using Google's smart eyewear, it can now provide real-time recognition of objects and faces in the real world, and display relevant data to the wearer in real time."-CNN www.androidetvous...
Smartphone physicals: with every technological advancement, providers will be able to conduct a full head to toe assessment utilizing their mobile devices. Providers can use their phones to see the optic disc of different patients, or use their phones as a portable ultrasound machine to view a growing fetus.
Mobile health is being used world wide to improve the feasibility and the implementation of data and knowledge sharing to learn new information to increase interoperability amongst participants. Main goal is geared towards improving health outcomes.
Key trends for mHealth and telehealth in 2014 1. Increase interoperability amongst rural settings, and increase standardization within the industry. 2. An interdisciplinary approach to collaborating with cell phones carriers to increase patient involvement and data usage. 3. Evaluation of collected and analyzed data to improve decision-making tools to assist providers. 4. Home monitoring to assist with the continuity of care over a longer period of time.
1. Mobile health has the potential to be very beneficial in health and health services delivery processes with great emphasis placed on resource poor settings. 2. Increased mobility and popularity will aide in an increase of patient population being served. 3. Continuation of technological advancements to better facilitates clinical decision support for providers. 4. Clinical trials are needed in the future to evaluate outcomes
A reality checkpoint for mobile health: three challenges to overcome 1. System Interoperability: the workability of different systems to exchange data across different settings. 2. Open Standards: Open access of standards to the public free of charge, along with informational data about the use and application of standards. Example, Health Level Seven (HL7)- a framework for exchanging health data 3. Evaluation: How to rectify the barriers associated with the evaluation of implementation.
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