Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Smartphone Health Care Apps: Empowering Consumer Health Care Technology

Author: Amanda Kidd

Mobile applications are not just for gamers and music lovers. They can also monitor your blood pressure and take control of your sleeping habits. Over the years, we have seen some fantastic applications powered by phenomenal technology and medical industry is no different.

According to a recent survey by Pew to find out the adoption rate of mobile health applications, 9 percent of mobile phone users in America admitted that they have health applications on their phone that allows them to track and manage their health. Some other studies predict that 500 million Smartphone users across the globe will be opting for health care applications by 2015.

Moreover, according to a global survey it is also expected that traditional health care channels will distribute the mobile health care applications latest by 2015. At present, these applications are aimed at diabetes and chronic disease management. Some of them also allow doctors to monitor patients and diagnose symptoms.

Here are a few examples of how the medical industry can benefit from mobile technology and assist consumers on matters related to health.

1. Check on your sleeping habits:
Mobile technology will probably be able to control your sleep patterns. For instance, it will monitor and keep a record of your sleep and health data and will feature alarm clock functionality.

2. Follow your mood:
Keep a track of your mood with health care applications. You may note what affects it, what keeps you happy, and what makes you sad. It may also register any ongoing treatments to find out what causes mood swings in you.

3. Track your fitness goals:
Record your exercise routine and food habits to enable you to achieve your weight loss goals. Update your friends on various social networking sites about your progress and get encouragement.

4. What to expect:
It is a series of applications focused towards pregnancy and parenthood. It allows you to log, track, and access information on your unborn child. What to expect consists of four applications: fertility, baby, pregnancy, and baby name. All of them can be downloaded separately for free.

5. iTriage:
This application is available for free download, works as symptom checker, medical reference tool, and even lets you find a doctor. iTriage guides you through the entire process by pin-pointing the illness, locating a doctor and directing you to the location.

6. Fooducate:
Free to download on iPhone, it helps you to choose healthier groceries, offers grading on various foods, and suggests alternatives.

7. Pocket First Aid:
This is an amazing piece of application offered by the American Heart Association. It helps you to respond quickly and efficiently in case of medical emergencies like cardiopulmonary resuscitation, burns, choking and diabetic emergencies. It also allows you to store family medical history, emergency contacts, and any other piece of information you may need. Though it does not come for free and costs $3.99 for iPhone and $2.99 for Androids, it can certainly be regarded as a pocket first aid and is truly worth the cost.

Overall, by empowering consumer health care technology Smart phone medical applications are not only keeping patients informed but also leading to the path assuring better health.

About the author:

Amanda Kidd is a blogger who is follows a very healthy routine. She believes that a healthy diet and a good sleep are more beneficial than any weight loss management program. She has a weakness for perfumes and watches and dreams of buying a jaeger lecoultre soon.

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