Healthcare Changes Due To Mobile Technology
With the popularity of the smart phone, it is not surprising to find a lot of applications specifically for it. Today, we can even find a wide array of healthcare applications to make us more fit and healthy. This new trend in mobile technology applications is enjoying a lot of attention because more and more people want to enjoy healthier and happier lives. Even the healthcare industry is moving towards a more efficient delivery model which is value-based and patient-centered.
According to a recent report published by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, mobile technology can pave the way for better relationships between patients, life sciences enterprises, payers, and healthcare practitioners. In a 2012 Deloitte Open Mobile Survey, results showed that sectors like the life sciences and healthcare are expected to take advantage of the growth in mobile business for the succeeding 5 years.
Even though mobile technology capabilities started slow, the developments in programs, applications, sensors, and devices are being appreciated by these industries because these improvements focus on wellness, fitness, electronic prescribing, electronic records, data capture, remote monitoring, telemedicine, and chronic conditions.
Mobile health is also expected to change the value chain by increasing healthcare practitioners’ productivity and time, as well as maximizing equity, access, and quality which will eventually lead to cost savings and better value for money. For the stakeholders, security protections and satisfactory privacy are believed to increase user confidence in order to hasten acceptance of mobile healthcare for faster benefits realization.
Aside from new technologies, mobile health also paves the way for better provision and interaction in the healthcare industry. An important part of the growth strategy for medical device and bio-pharmaceutical firms, as well as health plans and providers is the inclusion of a consolidated mobile strategy. Mobile technologies in healthcare are also expected to influence platform and innovation leadership for the whole industry.
Text messaging has also been an important part of global communications. Through it, families have been exchanging health information to make their lives better. With the enormous need for basic and critical health information, the role of mobile technology must be taken into consideration. Mobile phones are now being used to deliver health information which benefits even the poor.
Through the partnership of BabyCenter, Johnson & Johnson, mHealth Alliance, the United Nations Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development, expectant mothers receive the right health information in a timely and understandable manner. Expectant mothers send in their expected due date to receive voice and text messages to inform them of their stage of pregnancy. Today, more than 100 organizations in forty countries use this kind of messaging.
For those expectant mothers who are HIV-positive, there is another type of text messaging which provides comprehensive information which teaches pregnant women about breastfeeding, informing them when to take their medicines, as well as suggesting ways on how to face cultural situations which may hamper the provision of care not only for themselves but for their babies also. Other members of the family are also included in the program. They also receive text messages regarding health information to support the pregnant women. NGOs, multilateral organizations, governments, and the private sector work hand in hand to make this worthy cause prosper.