Your smartphone may simply become your greatest ally for healthcare if researchers, doctors and software developers have anything to say about it. As this post is being written, more than 75,000 people are enrolled in health studies that rely on the patients’ smartphones to record and transmit vital, up-to-the-minute health data for medical professionals to analyze.
An article in the Denver Post by Brandon Bailey says, “Smartphone apps are the latest tools to emerge from the intersection of health care and Silicon Valley, where tech companies are working on new ways to bringing patients and doctors together online. They are applying massive computing power to analyze DNA and even developing ingestible ‘smart’ pills for detecting cancer.”
At this stage, the purpose for these apps is in the gathering of live data on the patients, used to study a dementia patient’s walking patterns –detecting increases in impairments. Currently these medical professionals are using patients’ smartphone motion sensors, microphones, touchscreens, and more to detect changes in the users’ capabilities.
There will always be privacy and data security concerns, especially when addressing sensitive medical information online. But this type of medical-digital interaction is already being hailed as a great equalizer in medicine. No longer will you need to live in a major metropolitan area to see specialists and top-notch professionals.
This level of democracy in the healthcare field has never been seen before, and couldn’t have come at a better time.
Read Article (Arianna Gael | filehippo.com | 08/04/2015)
Fortunately the evolution of online security is quickly progressing and is already showing signs of reducing hackings harmful impact. Unfortunately, less than 30% of smartphone users are tech-savvy enough to benefit from such a program.
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