mHealth - Transforming the Healthcare Industry

mHealth - Transforming the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, July 22, 2019

Mobile applications and devices, including smartphones, tablets, and wearables, are at the core of healthcare operations.

FREMONT, CA: Mobile devices have transformed the businesses as well as everyday life beyond recognition. Healthcare is another sector that has benefitted from mobile technology. Healthcare facilities are utilizing mobile devices for numerous purposes, such as to cut down their costs and provide services to as many people as possible. Mobile applications and devices, including smartphones, tablets, and wearables, are at the core of healthcare operations. According to Zion Market Research, by 2025, the global market for mHealth apps is expected to grow more than $11 billion.

Patients Gaining from Increased Access to Healthcare Services

Apps that measure and track various fitness parameters are increasingly becoming critical to people’s health and preventive care. Wellness apps are helping people to understand and engage in fitness activities. Several hospital programs designed to enhance patient satisfaction and quality of care are also utilizing mobile apps and devices. Hospitals are equipping their rooms with smart devices and tools that serve multiple purposes, such as accessing educational materials, treatment plans, and medical records. Patients can also browse the internet, watch movies, and check their social media accounts with the help of these devices.

Better Patient Care and Workflows

Technologies designed for professionals such as e-prescription tools and medical record portals are transforming healthcare services across its working modules. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also recognized the potential of mobile apps and devices and has taken various measures to boost innovation while regulating safety, performance, and effectiveness of qualifying devices.

Mobile health devices that are FDA-cleared include an EKG sensor that integrates with Apple Watch and records heart readings at each five-second interval. The sensor uses individual algorithms and machine learning (ML) to spot and alert users to issues like sinus arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation.

FDA also signaled green to companies that leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor the loss of blood collected by suction canisters and surgical sponges in the operation room. Such companies also help surgical staff in predicting hemoglobin levels post-operation and in making transfusion decisions. With further innovations, the future is limited just by the imagination of healthcare IT professionals.

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