- Mobile technology in the form of smartphones and tablets poised an important technological advantage that alters the delivery and quality of patient experience on every level. Patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, autism, and other chronic diseases. The technology can help chronic disease patients in terms of reminding them to take medication at on time. Diabetes patients for example, would be able to monitor their sugar level through mobile applications that calculates and analyzes the results of glucometer tests by punching in the numbers into the mobile application. In addition, insulin dependent patients are given information regarding insulin dosage needed in relation to the glucose level analysis. Communication between the patient and physician becomes easier because of the mobile applications that allow real-time connection such as Skype. Patients suffering from chronic diseases or needs assistance in dealing with autism can easily reach their healthcare providers during emergency situations through improved network mobility and stronger wireless network built to support heavy mobile data traffic. Remote monitoring applications made for mobile devices also help healthcare providers in terms of real-time analysis of health measures recorded by the patients, which makes routine check-ups easier.
- The wide use of myriad of technological means would significantly change the landscape of healthcare’s future. The introduction of Web 2.0 revolutionized Internet and web experience by integration of complex function that can be used for utmost connectivity. Such development may lead to healthcare system being more diverse in sustaining quality and delivery of service. For example, higher function and embedded security in Web 2.0 allows a more secured environment for healthcare organizations to disseminate patient-specific information over the web. In the future, healthcare providers would be able to make exchanges of health related information over the web with utmost confidence on security and immediate delivery. Electronic medical records can be viewed and make available over the web securely. This will help healthcare providers to gain ease of access to the patient’s diagnosis, insurance information, medical history, and or prescription details particularly during emergencies. Web technology is now collaborating with mobile technologies creating a more integrated environment for EMR system to be used by the healthcare industry as a whole.
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