Every day, more news emerges on how mobile technology is helping the healthcare sector move forward. Smartphones are expected to experience tremendous growth over the next five years. We’ll be carrying them with us everywhere, so it seems practical for more services to be optimized for mobile, especially healthcare. Recent announcements, from developers, such as Bluetooth, point to mobile health technology that will allow consumers to monitor their own vitals from the convenience of their phone. The advantages of mobile health apps and devices are that they cut down on costs and are extremely portable. It also will also reduce the need for multiple devices, as all types of monitoring systems can be integrated into a mobile device.
The newest addition to the growing mhealth field is not your everyday cell phone accessory. Withheld is a blood pressure monitoring hook-up device for the iPhone and iPad. The newly FDA approved device hooks directly into the iOS and with a free app, reads the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate, which will sync directly to an electronic health database. For doctors, this new device will be able to provide them with more accurate readings of patient blood pressure levels and establish a more efficient check-up process.
The type of healthcare database system for Withings something we referenced in our last article, which we believe will be tremendously useful as technologies, such as Cloud move forward. Patients will be able to provide doctors with real-time health updates without having to come in for a check-up. And they’ll be able to do this from anywhere in the world. With portable devices, such as the iPad, doctors will be able to bring advanced healthcare technology to many parts of the world without the need for various types of equipment. Mhealth technology will truly revolutionize healthcare, reducing costs, and increasing the reach of modern medicine to those areas in need.