Mobile Medicine: is it Possible?
Dec 11, 2014
We live in a time of scientific and technical revolution where the development of mobile technologies is fueling the next stage of progress. Today, millions of people couldn’t imagine their lives without social networks where users can share information with family and friends, find old friends and make new ones.
But what are the boundaries of new technologies and their influence over people’s lives?
It is safe to say that of all the areas are experiencing revolutionary changes and healthcare is the most important.
Technology development has brought about a variety of innovations to medicine and healthcare. Scenes from science fiction films are now a reality and the worldwide benefits are indisputable. In recent times, a considerable focus has been put on computing technologies which have been implemented in surgery, therapy and diagnostics. Nowadays, the most attention is focused on disease prevention and early detection. State-of-the-art technologies in diagnostics is becoming indispensable and in some cases the only available way to save a life.
Dr. Bastawrous told Mashable about a device every healthcare worker can use anywhere in the world. It is a widely available, low-cost adaptor for a professional eye exam and can be clipped over the camera of a smartphone allowing the inside of the eye to be seen.
“Around 39 million people are blind. 80% of this blindness is avoidable, but in many regions people don’t have access to eye care,” said Dr. Andrew Bastawrous of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In Kenya, for example, more people have access to mobile phones than to clean water or electricity. Local healthcare workers visit patients with nothing more than mobile phones. This kind of device could save thousands of lives.
Medical technologies development is focused on transforming the way we approach healthcare. The internet opens possibilities such as virtualization and connectivity that will allow people to manage their health without help. In addition, tonometers, scales and other portable devices can be equipped with wireless transmitters allowing personal computers to record health condition information.
Therefore, the main goal of medicine in the future is personal data that gives the doctor automatic data access even though he is far away from his patient. The next important step in the development of mobile self-diagnostic devices is to enable people from the remote corners of the planet to make elementary tests without doctors.
Noosphere Ventures has a keen interest in know-how technologies and their influence on the world. We realize that sci-tech innovations will bring solutions to the most important parts of our lives and there is no better example of its value than the impact on our health.
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