Smartphones Will Change the Face of Healthcare

Smartphones Will Change the Face of Healthcare

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Jan 9, 2014, at 9:53 pm


DR. ERIC TOPOL, ONE OF THE WORLD’S FOREMOST CARDIOLOGISTS, recently shared with NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman the growing impact that smartphones are having on the medical profession and healthcare industry. An expert in the field of wireless medicine, Dr. Topol explained that innovative apps created for smartphones are continually increasing accessibility for both doctor and patient by allowing remote monitoring, which also exponentially increases accuracy.

For example, one app provides doctor and patient with constant updates on glucose levels through an electrode attached to the stomach, and another measures heart rate within seconds to detect potential arrhythmia, blood pressure, or structural problems. The list goes on with a variety of medical apps, each granting the patient more control over their healthcare and the doctor better access to more precise information.

In his book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution will Create Better Healthcare, Dr. Topol affirms that wireless medicine based in apps for smartphones will instigate cheaper and more effective healthcare by ensuring personalized medical treatment. He also admitted that he now prescribes more apps than medications due to their ability to keep the body under constant observation and to alert the patient when a visit to a medical professional is necessary.

Responding to the wave of smartphone advances, Advanced Medical Certification has made the ACLS, PALS, and BLS re-certification and certification examination courses more mobile accessible. As Dr. Topol stated, there is “no reason why a lot of office visits could not be done remotely.” Why shouldn’t health care provider’s certification and re-certification online too?

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

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