2014 saw many extraordinary technology innovations. From the exciting announcement of the iWatch launching to Ellen DeGeneres generating the most popular tweet ever at the Oscars. Looking now to 2015, what exciting technology changes will be coming to the health care field? Aero Jet Medical remains the technical leader in the medical aviation field and looks forward to bringing these cutting edge advancements to our patients in the near future.
‘mHealth’ refers to the use of mobile devices for the practice of medicine and public health. The mHealth field is widespread and includes everything from apps to wearable technology. There are even conferences dedicated to advancing the new industry!
According to a recent article in Hospitals & Health Networks, a new trend for elder care involves mHealth and remote monitoring. Remote monitoring is a more cost-efficient option for patient follow ups. The article noted that some health systems have been testing a discharge toolkit for patients which includes medical tools for computers, tablets or mobile devices. While not inexpensive, the option is more reasonable than readmission to the hospital for these older patients who tend to have more health care needs than the general population.
Becker’s Hospital Review says that D.I.Y. health care will further grow in 2015, thanks to the mHealth movement. From the early days of the Internet, it was clear that consumers enjoyed taking their health analysis in their own hands with the popularity of sites such as WebMD. But, with the huge proliferation of medical apps, patients can now analyze so many of their medical questions on the go.
According to the article in Becker’s Hospital Review, we will be seeing even more advanced health metrics from mobile apps in the future, such as urinalysis and insulin checks. While on a little bit of a different scale in terms of ‘health,’ a developer created a tool that turns a mobile device into a portable breath analysis platform and raised $2 million on a recent episode of Shark Tank for his Breathometer. Imagine using that technology to check your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and more, right from the convenience of home!
When considering the importance of your health information, cyber security is of the utmost significance for the future of mHealth and health care technology. The topic was even a focus in President Obama’s recent State of the Union speech. According to a report from the Ponemon Institute in an article in Healthcare Informatics, “The percentage of healthcare organizations that have reported a cyber attack has doubled in the last five years, from 20 to 40 percent.”
Growth in the health care technology field will certainly not be slowing down anytime
soon. The International Business Times reported that technology tools which monitor our health will become a $5 billion industry by the year 2020, according to iData Research.
This huge expansion of technology tools in the health care field will change the future of our health care. According to a PriceWaterhouseCopper study mentioned in a Fortune article, “Half of doctors believe e-visits could replace more than 10 percent of in-office patient appointments, and roughly 75 percent of doctors said they would prescribe an app to help patients manage chronic diseases such as diabetes.” While we aren’t there just yet, we can’t wait until we are using our phones and mHealth to greatly impact our overall health and wellbeing.