Visualising mHealth in 2019
In the age of digital transformation, more and more professions are making use of new technologies, and the world of health care is no exception. In fact, mobile devices are becoming an increasingly important part of modern healthcare delivery. It has been found that mobile devices can help to streamline and improve many healthcare functions. Mobile devices have now become an essential tool for healthcare and medical workers, with four-fifths of workers using mobiles as part of their everyday work.
mHealth: transforming healthcare in the 21st century
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mHealth as “medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistances and other wireless devices”. Over the past decade, this sector has enjoyed tremendous growth and it is now projected to hit a global value of $60 billion by 2020.
What are the benefits of mHealth technology for professionals?
Mobile devices allow medical professionals to easily access patients’ electronic health records and data. This has a positive effect on productivity as information can be rapidly accessed and it is far less likely to be lost or mishandled.
Mobile technologies offer a useful communication tool for medical professionals. For example, professionals can use note-taking and communication apps to easily exchange information between relevant parties. This ensures a greater quality of care for the patient by boosting information management and by encouraging collaboration.
Many mHealth apps are designed with the aim of facilitating better communication between patients and their healthcare providers. Patients can use apps to track symptoms and medication usage, and this will go a long way to improve communication with healthcare workers.
Discover more about mHealth
The below infographic from Home Healthcare Adaptations visually demonstrates how medical and healthcare professionals are using mobile devices in their work. The guide features statistics about mHealth and also includes an easy-to-understand summary of the key benefits and challenges associated with the use of mobile devices in health care.
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