Reference: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/073010-smartphones-tablets-seen-boosting-mobile// By Fred O’connor // IDG News Service // July 29, 2010 08:41 PM ET
Doctors can best utilize their time by using digital video and other interactive tools that allow for them to literally show patients what is being discussed during their appointment.
“A study from Manhattan Research found that 71 percent of physicians consider a smartphone essential to their practice and 84 percent said that the Internet is critical to their jobs. Smartphones, tablet PCs and other wireless devices are poised to play a greater role in health care as doctors and patients embrace the mobile Internet, panelists at a mobile health technology conference in Boston said Thursday.”
“The use of mobile devices in health care has expanded in the past five years and will continue to grow as U.S. smartphone use increases, said Harry Wang, director of mobile and health research at Park Associates. By 2015 more than 70 percent of people in the U.S. will own a smartphone, according to a study by his firm,” which is exactly why Physicians need to have a relevant and popular internet presence.
“Smartphones and health care intersect today in the area of applications, he said. His company’s research found that the most commonly used mobile health applications are for fitness and workout programs, nutrition and gathering health news.”
In the near future Medical professionals will benefit from a patient’s ability to download an application to their Smartphone that will serve as a home health tool that will assist them in monitoring specific diseases, disorders and more. For example, patients could use a wireless device to monitor their sleep patterns and transmit data to their doctors over a wireless connection. The future of mobile medicine is just on the horizon as some health care facilities are experimenting with such applications….currently!
Mobile health monitoring applications also show potential to save medical practices and patients serious sums of money as the many costs associated with health care visits and routine follow-ups could be significantly reduced.
Reference: Mobile Internet devices create an environment for growing cost-saving health care options.// By Fred O’connor // IDG News Service // July 29, 2010 08:41 PM ET
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