Our culture has increasingly become dependent on mobile technology. Cell phones and other mobile devices have made our lives infinitely more convenient. The days of carrying spare change to make a call from a payphone are long gone. Today, our phones can give us turn-by-turn directions in unfamiliar locations and keep us connected to the rest of the world in real-time through social media. They can help us track our fitness, make restaurant reservations, keep up on the news, play games and draw pictures.
As technologies continue to advance, we must leverage them in unique and innovative ways to unlock their true potential.
In healthcare, the surge of wearable tech and the advancement of mobile health (mHealth) technologies can transform how we care for patients and help people manage complex conditions. Through mHealth, we can improve disease management by providing patients with helpful reminders, tools to cope with their conditions and instant access to case managers. We can enhance disease diagnosis by remotely monitoring social behaviors and analyzing routines, and we can build peer-support networks through mobile forums and connectivity apps.