Mobile health applications have the potential to improve care for patients suffering from chronic diseases.  This is one of the findings of a Brookings Institute analysis on the role of mobile technology on health care.

The use of mobile devices will provide an avenue for remote monitoring of patients’ conditions on a daily basis, and any change in health as it happens. Patients will be able to record their symptoms and their adherence to treatment protocol and then send the information directly to their physicians.

Remote monitoring devices can detect a problem before the patient is even aware of it. This could result in better patient care as well as significant savings. An economic analysis of remote monitoring estimates that it could save as much as $197 billion over 25 years in the US.

“Gluco Phones” are a good example of remote monitoring. These devices are used by diabetes patients to monitor glucose levels and to transmit that information electronically to physicians. This measure cuts down on the need for office visits and also serves to remind patients to do their own glucose testing regularly.

A remote device for cardiac patients that measures 30 seconds of heart data for an instant electrocardiogram is currently being used in China.

Substance abusers can benefit from mHealth innovation, as well. A device that monitors skin temperature and nervous system activities in drug rehab patients, will help physicians monitor the physical symptoms and stress exhibited during periods of drug cravings.

Mobile health may change the way physicians and patients interact, provide better outcomes and save money. For more information about mHealth solutions, contact us.

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