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Smartphone = Smart Healthcare? [Infographic]

More people reportedly have access to mobile phones than to clean water, according to the nonprofit Tides Center that runs openmhealth.org. Assuming this is true, the implications of “mHealth” — the electronic management of health care through mobile devices — could be far reaching. Wondering what mHealth is exactly? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines it as “the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services, and health research.”

Sound unlikely? Not really. Chances are you already manage some aspect of your care using mHealth. If you’ve ever downloaded an app like “Calorie Counter” to see how many carbohydrates those daily peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches account for or if you’ve ever been online to see if it’s OK to yank out your daughter’s loose front tooth, then you’ve discovered what it is that comprises mHealth.

While mHealth provides a promise of health hope, it currently stands as a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Consider that there are some 40,000 mobile apps downloadable for use. Which is best? Which is reliable? Are any of the services substantiated as helpful? Well, in fact, the FDA has become involved and requires that any medical app company making a health claim seek FDA approval. This, however, is where things become complex. FDA approval takes substantial time and money and both of these could act as stopping points in new development.

Smartphone = Smart Healthcare?
Courtesy of: Allied Health World

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This entry was posted on October 3, 2012 by in Apps, Health, INFOGRAPHIC and tagged , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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