Digital Health Tools in Participatory Medicine

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 General News
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People need to be participants in their own care. As a consequence of this patient involvement in their own health mostly through social networks healthcare has undergone a profound revolution. Health and healthcare are becoming much more person- and
consumer-centric. In order to obtain a participatory healthcare system the U.S needs to overcome important societal and technical challenges which requires close integration with systems medicine and big data. Mobile health platforms also known as digital
health use technology that offers a unique opportunity for healthcare providers to remotely deliver high-quality care. As you all know technology has completely changed the way we socialize work and shop. Now technological advancements are helping patients become more engaged and receive care in a more convenient cost-effective way. Digital health tools are increasingly used to engage patients and improve outcomes. Mobile health care apps remote monitoring telemedicine tools and other digital health tools are doing a great job promoting technology as a way to improve patient engagement and clinical outcomes. Thanks to digital technology patients can research information online share experiences and identify treatment options. With the growing population of smartphone and tablet users opportunities for using mobile technologies have increased over the past few years even among older age groups. Mobile devices are beginning to reshape many medical functionalities. Smartphones and medical apps are dramatically changing the traditional medical landscape with the goal of delivering less expensive high-quality care. Faivish Pewzner chief operating officer at Americare expects the number of people using mobile medical apps to stretch to 3.4 billion over the following year. The possibilities of digital health are vast. New digital models of health care improve peoples ability to self-manage their health and wellbeing and notify healthcare professionals of any changes in their health condition. As a result of developments in technology apps and wearable are fast improving. Technology has also provided better access to healthcare services especially for people with mobility problems. Nowadays healthcare professionals can monitor patients from afar through the use of wearable technology and sensors. This has significantly improved patient’s quality of life and it has allowed them to receive health care in the comfort of their own home. Digital health has also provided an opportunity for a new type of communication. Encouraged by these new mobile tools patients and health professionals have become more in tune than ever before. Such increased communication which goes beyond the traditional patient visit has encouraged patients to better understand their health and become active participants in their care.

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