We have seen a rapid improvement in technology, internet connectivity and speeds over the past decade which has created new sectors, new jobs and inspired the minds of innovative technology companies to use these advances to enhance the quality of life for millions of people.
Mobile health (mHealth) technologies have transformed and continue to carve a new and exciting future for all. The mobile devices used are typically linked to wearable devices that contain sensors. Between apps on mobile devices and wearable technology, users health metrics enable the diagnose of acute diseases and also help to better manage chronic conditions outside the doctor’s office. Most of these point-of-need diagnostic devices record information in real time giving the wearer the chance to make better decisions and understand their health condition. This helps clinical decision making for healthcare providers and a more connected and integrated approach to an individuals care.
While the technology is still being perfected in terms of both the technology and its incorporation into systems of care, mobile health devices have the potential to make large savings in clinical research and healthcare the same way technology advancements have done for all other industries.
Although there are many obstacles to overcome when developing this type of technology, such as financial, regulatory and security hurdles, technology developers are tackling issues head on to bring to market highly inventive solutions. Technology has become smaller, cheaper and a more collaborative approach has been taken to build on the work of others.
These incredible advancements in technology and connectivity have transformed almost every aspect of our lives: education, entertainment, travel, finance and communications. We are living in exciting times when mobile health (mHealth) technologies are starting to transform healthcare as well as radically improve the practice and reach of medical research and care.