For individuals who know how to properly utilize their smartphone, their healthcare will be radically changing over the coming years. Have you ever wondered why doctors and hospitals own your medical records? You pay for the visits, labs, scans and hospitalizations but you have no product to show for it. Even trying to get hold of the data about your own body is often exceedingly difficult. Well, this tight clenched-hold of your medical information is about to be released.
That’s because you will be generating quite a bit of your medical information via your little mobile devices. The remarkable impact of that smartphones have had on our everyday lives is currently being extended to your health care. The range of data that can be captured and processed via a smartphone is mind-blowing and real-time. This includes input from sensors – such as blood pressure, glucose, oxygen concentration in the blood, heart rhythm, lung function and mood.
This is one of the reasons for this campaign, assistance in learning to properly use mobile devices and building confidence in the ability to use it. While your smartphone capturing and processing data may seem daunting to many, there’s more help to interpret all this data than you could imagine.
Computer algorithms embedded in smartphone apps can analyze the medical data that you generate. With this, your phone could warn you that your heart or lungs are beginning to malfunction well before you start to have symptoms. All this data that was previously unobtainable by you –now being captured in the context of your daily life – is more than empowering. This new “bottom-up medicine” forever changes the patient-doctor relationship to a partnership on equal footing.
Today, via your smartphone and without the need for a doctor, you can have a skin rash or lesion immediately diagnosed, your eyes refracted, your heart rhythm determined and find out whether your child has an ear infection. And instead of waiting weeks for an appointment, you can visit a doctor through your mobile device and not only chat but also exchange your data.
Read Article (Eric J Topol, M.D. | huffingtonpost.com | 04/27/2015)
People say things will never be the same which is true, but not for everyone, not for those that are not confident with their skill-set when using a mobile device.
We are campaigning to change this for millions of individuals, but it can only happen with your support.
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