A few months ago I wrote a blog article about mHealth technology. mHealth, or mobile health, is a method of enhancing health and medical practices with mobile technology. This is technology that is used by both doctors and patients. This area of technology is growing rapidly. Apple currently has over 10,000 medical/health care related apps (last year they only had about 1,500).
A recent study shows that physicians believe that as patients start to use mHealth technology that helps them monitor their medical conditions at home, for example, monitoring blood sugar or blood pressure, it may help reduce the number of clinic visits.
Bailey, R. mHealth: A Descriptive Analysis of the Technology that is Changing the Practice of Medicine, What’s Up in Emergency Medicine, February 2011, http://www.emra.org/emra_articles.aspx?id=43536
Murphy, S. Doctors Believe Using Health Apps Will Cut Down on Visits, Mashable Tech, March 2012, http://mashable.com/2012/03/12/mobile-health/