Some of the upcoming healthcare technologies will exist on larger scales than we can possibly fathom now.
Possibilities like nanomedicine – which offers the potential of healing the human body cell by cell, already exist and are being tested. In the technological realm, healthcare facilities can maintain billions of terabytes of medical data, which can ultimately lead to improvements in care and cost-reduction.
While all these highly advanced developments sound impressive, they can be hard to relate to. There is one particular advancement that everyone will be able to identify with, however, and it will play an important role in the way doctors diagnose and treat patients, and communicate with other healthcare staff members – and that is mHealth or mobile healthcare.
Like any other use of mobile devices and digital communication, there are risks and advantages for mobile health. With the advantage of quick communication during a health crisis comes the risk that a mis-sent text message could lead to an HIPAA violation. mHealth works to its full ability only when security and regulatory concerns are accounted for. One thing’s for sure, the demand for a solution for secure texting in the healthcare field will reach record highs in 2014.
mHealth Simply Put
An early-stage example of mHealth applications are products like Epocrates, whose free Rx, mobile drug reference application allows U.S. physicians to search brand, generic, and OTC medicines. Or another handy Epocrates app, their free Continuing Medical Education application that offers interactive learning activities across numerous specialty topics that are accredited by AMA, ACPE, and the ANCC. While these examples are hardly what one would call ‘connected healthcare’, they represent the beginning of the mobile healthcare revolution.
mHealth is Growing
Texting is Easy and Efficient for Doctors
Caution Must be Used to Avoid Problems
Secure Messaging is Vital to mHealth Success
Last Updated on February 9, 2021