Mobile and health go hand in hand. In recent months, we have seen how the leading mobile operating systems have presented some specific applications designed for personal monitoring and quantification: Android with its Google Fit, and iOS with Apple Health. They are not the only ones: there are numerous solutions on the market, both at the software and hardware level, aimed at mobile health or MHealth.
MHealth is a growing sector, helped by citizens' interest in mobile devices and the continuous advances in telecommunications infrastructures. This, together with the arrival of application stores, means that there are currently applications of all kinds aimed not only at monitoring our health but, in many cases, also at carrying out prevention or medical monitoring tasks.
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With smartphones, we all carry a small pocket computer with multiple functions. The advantages of putting this technology at the service of health, according to the European Union, are the following:
But these are not the only advantages of the marriage between health and mobile devices. The patient gains power and also becomes aware and responsible for his vital signs. He can modify his habits and, in addition, there can be intelligent storage of data that helps the study and analysis to predict and prevent diseases with Big Data.
Finally, we cannot fail to point out how the relationship between doctor and patient is modified, both being the beneficiaries. On the one hand, the patient saves time by providing more accessible health information (both when making an appointment and when consulting the results of tests or medical history). On the other hand, the health professional receives more information about his patient's status thanks to monitoring, which can even be done in real-time, which helps monitor and diagnose.
Two large groups of health applications that can affect clinical care for healthcare professionals are those apps that offer information to the patient or that offer information to the professional.
In the two groups of applications, there is a rapid, possibly very rapid increase in the number of applications that are available to the consumer in the virtual stores of both official and unofficial apps.
Good digital services should be available to patients promptly, services such as video consultation hours, electronic prescriptions and electronic patient files should become a natural part of everyday care.
Digital health applications are also creating something completely new for health care and offering great opportunities. Successful digital solutions are developed from the patient's perspective and focus on their needs and everyday actions. This will fundamentally change the care processes and the use of health services. The point of care will increasingly shift from the doctor's practice and clinic to the patient. In the interaction of software, Sensors and medical technology are also opening up completely new diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities. These innovative medical products are also becoming part of standard care. The digital health applications also create recognizable added value for the practitioner. Additional data obtained, enables more precise and tailored treatments. In addition, the practitioner can recognize the development of the patient's state of health and can call the patient into the practice at an early stage and precisely if this is necessary.
Artificial intelligence (AI) can improve patient care. AI can help doctors make a diagnosis more quickly. This applies to rare diseases. In addition, AI therapies can be tailored more individually to patients. This already happens in cancer treatment.
Useful AI like the stethoscope or the X-ray image will be found in the doctor's instrument case in the future. It is not about replacing the medical staff, but about helping them to treat more quickly and precisely. This leaves more time for a personal conversation with the patient.