One example of non-traditional healthcare is the area of mobile health. Basically, a patient's vital signs are captured and the data is uploaded and transmitted over long distances using wireless networks.A case in point is WellDoc's DiabetesManager System which supports medication adherence and provides for the capture, storage, and real-time transmission of blood glucose data and other diabetes self-management information by utilizing mobile phones and the Internet.
AirStrip Technologies has developed a platform which allows patient information, such as waveforms and other critical data from electronic health records, bedside monitors and devices, and other clinical information systems to be accessed by physicians and nurses on their smart phones or tablets.
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Health care is always a hot topic in industry, because the world population is growing and everybody is much concerned about health. I think health care section is the one and only area where recessions are not affecting. Application of IT in health care can make much of the manual diagnostic methods automated. EMR and telemedicine are the other key areas of IT applications. In both these two, seamless connectivity is very important.
In an imaginative way, I would like to prefer tele+video medicine, where I can talk to doctor face to face and application through my smart phone, which can detect my pulse like the functionality of stethoscope. My video or still camera in mobile phone can perform like a video scope, which is transmitted over to doctor’s PC for further diagnostic. Hope such technology will be in place by tomorrow or another day.
I personally trust Jacob's thoughts: healthcare seems not impacted by crisis and hi-tech is really focusing on that sector. Recent Mobile Health Summit held in Capetown past week, involving as sponsor or partner major players in the field, has confirmed the track. To whom maybe interested, look at Mobile Health Summit.
I believe their are huge opportunities in the health care sector. However one should not be fooled to think that this translates to a better health system in terms of more services or capabilities. During hard ties (like now) government will always try to cut spending in real terms so the technologies that will do well will be those that can provide similar or better services AT A LOWER COST. Now this might mean that instead of us being able to see our doctor and discuss a problem in person we might have to interface to a robot or a computer database. Whether this translates to a better service will depend on the person you ask.
Health care - Its all about timing, precision, accuracy.With the intervention of electronics and IT is going to make things simpler and fast. Lets take skin for an example and we develop some kind of a lession if we are able to send the image or have an video chat it makes it simpler to cure it right away instead to wait till we get an appointment later.
Smart devices will come handy in the theatres , like the patient monitoring system.
Your point is well taken. The intervention of technology to enable medical information to be shared and transmitted quickly among physicians will speed up the process of accessing patient information and therefore help doctors address problems faster.Furthermore, sharing electronic medical records among doctors seeing the same patient can eliminate the duplication of tests which is one way to reduce costs.
Having worked with several companies in healthcare, I can attest to the growth we're seeing here. Other areas of key interest include Patient Identification Systems (used in conjunction with RF technology), Materials Management (used to track and organize instruments that get re-used), Laboratory Management (used to help speed the flow and accuracy of patient sample handling and results reporting).
“Given the very rapid growth of social media it will become more and more important for eye care and surgery practices to adopt this method of connectivity to patients. Even for those ophthalmology practices that feel they have a solid foundation in internet marketing, participating in social media can be overwhelming and intimidating. It can also be a time consuming, ineffective and resource wasting effort,” said Ms. Carlisle. “The need to blend Internet strategy, brand strategy, patient acquisition strategy and media strategy into a coherent action plan-AND do it in the context of a medical practice with regard to content sensitivities, privacy and security, is not trivial.”
Excellent point re; social media. Back in April I had read an interesting blog concerning diagnostic laboratories and social media. The online blog basically asked lab managers what the top 6 applications for social media are from their viewpoint.
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