mHealth, or mobile health, is a term that seems to be taking over. From an in-home tracking system that speaks to a caregiver’s mobile device, to a USB-based ultrasound probe that turns a smart phone into a low-cost imaging platform, mobile is making healthcare more efficient than ever. Here are some highlights of mHealth:
2.7 million venipuncture procedures are performed in the U.S. every day, but too often it takes too much poking and prodding to find that elusive vein. Now, new technology and portable vein viewers are making veins more visible, saving a lot of pain and problems for both patients and nurses.
Hospitals around the country are adopting robotic platforms that allow doctors to communicate with the nursing staff and manage patient care, remotely. Many facilities are also using teleconferences, smart phones, and remote access systems to get in touch with specialists around the country, and the world.
Downloadable Drug References
Nurses no longer have to lug around three-inch thick reference books to have the information they need on hand. Free, downloadable drug references, and full PDA versions, allow RNs to carry clinical info in their pockets on their smartphones and tablets.
Many nursing schools are offering podcasts of their lectures complete with video clips, so students can access them on the go and attend class from anywhere.
Track, Manage, and Remind
New apps for smartphones and tablets are helping patients track their health, manage chronic diseases, remind them to take medications, and get more out of their doctor appointments. This technology is also being used to extend healthcare service to underserved areas of the country, and the world.