The Age of Mobile Healthcare
Over the last few decades, computer technology had a considerable impact on the way we provide and receive health care. Now, mobile technology is helping doctors take medical examinations and treatments to the most remote areas where conventional health care is most scarce, but yet, most needed. In this article, we will examine just a few mobile apps that help doctors do their job wherever they are, whether fighting epidemic outbreaks in Western Africa, visiting a patient at home or working at the office.
Peek Vision is an app that allows, not just doctors, but almost anyone to administer a sophisticated eye exam with a help of a smartphone, and for retina exams, a small accessory for the phone’s camera. The team behind the project believes that 80% of blindness cases are avoidable, but without a timely diagnostic, it is very easy to lose one’s sight irreversibly. The app is designed for countries where most optometrists reside in urban areas, but most of the population is still rural. As equipment for sophisticated eye examinations is too expensive and bulky to carry around the country, Peek Vision is an ideal solution for going to remote areas and helping their population maintain its eyesight. The app is capable of full out fundoscopy, cataract imaging, visual acuity, visual fields, color and contrast tests.
UpToDate is an app that helped save many lives last year during the fight with Ebola in West Africa. The app is full of medical knowledge helping doctors make diagnoses, prescribe treatments and medications. The app is especially useful for medical volunteers that work in remote locations without extensive resources and sometimes lacking needed knowledge and experience. Even though the app comes at a significant price of $499 per year per user, the company provides free access for many volunteer medical missions.
In the words of a renowned scientist Andrew Weil: “As any doctor can tell you, the most crucial step toward healing is having the right diagnosis. If the disease is precisely identified, a good resolution is far more likely. Conversely, a bad diagnosis usually means a bad outcome, no matter how skilled the physician.” Now, the process became a little easier with the Isabel app that helps doctors double check their diagnoses through a database of over 6,000 diseases and symptoms. The app gives the ability to filter results by age, gender and travel history.
When it comes to universal health care, mobile technology still has a lot to offer and will continue contributing to the field. With better and more adoptable wearable technologies coming to the market, we are sure they will have further impact on provision of accessible and more personalized health care. Having an extensive experience in developing IT solutions for the medical field, SoftTeco continues helping its partners enhance the way we fight diseases.