Mobile healthcare is advancing at a rapid pace, and major steps have been taken to ensure the safety and security of this mobile technology. Access to this technology increases easier access to healthcare, information, increased efficiency, and treatment.
Healthcare Technology Changes
Mobile healthcare, also known as mHealth, is a rapidly growing technology that could be ground-breaking for medicine. As medical records are being converted to digital files, mobile devices are increasingly being used for treatment, prescribing medicine, and informing patients about important news and updates.
Telemedicine allows physicians to diagnose and treat patients remotely, which helps to improve patient satisfaction. This technology has inspired the development of new products, such as pill bottles that remind patients to take their medications, mobile ultrasound devices, and sensor chips that detect blood-glucose levels for diabetics. These ideas for potential products are revolutionary and could significantly change medical treatment.
Steps have been taken to ensure the safety of mobile technology and to alleviate fears about threats to security. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) initiated a multimillion dollar program that secures and limits access to patient data, thus minimizing any immediate risks. The Department of Health and Human Services amended the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to reinforce privacy and security policies.
Benefits of mHealth will include easier access to healthcare and information, increased efficiency, and better diagnosis and treatment. The technology could facilitate serious breakthroughs in medicine.
Author: Apoorva Anupindi