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Mobile Technology is Revolutionizing the Health Industry by Giving Patients the Ability to Monitor and Detect Changes in Their Health

By: Felicia Der and Amy Chong (row 1)
Our personal technologies have grown to become very personal to us. Our technology is able to suggest possible friends on social networks, detect what stores are near by us, and even determine our most frequent destinations. The business school’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems director deputy, Kenyon Crowley, is now implementing the use of technology to improve and monitor our health.
By combining technology with our health, we are looking at the ability to stop our diseases from becoming chronic. 

According to Crowley, “there are certain signals that happen before an event” and “using mobile tech could potentially prevent things from getting worse”.  With such ability, people can take personal action on their health rather than waiting to go to the doctor’s office or visiting the emergency room so often.
Crowley’s goal is to get his partnerships, which includes Howard Community College and the Maryland HealthTech Coalition, to persuade people of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area to join mobile health technology. Those with mobile health technology will be able to monitor their varying health signals, which can help them make decisions for their health.
The prevalence of mobile healthtechnology is growing in society today. 

The information collected by mobilehealth technologies is found appealing to not only people who experience drastic health changes, such as a recent medical crisis or pregnancy, but also caregivers. 37% of cell phone users who use their cell phones for mobile health information are caregivers.  
It was also found that in 2010, 17% of cell phone owners used their phones to access health information. Two years later, that percentage nearly doubled; 31% of cell phone users claimed to have used their phones to access health information in 2012.

Mobile technology improves how patients receive their health care by making the process faster and cheaper. Not all doctors approve of mobile health technology; some find mobile health technology to be disruptive to their traditional practice and not as reliable. However, the fate of mobile technology is ultimately decided by the medical industry as a whole and their decisions will be make by considering how beneficial it is to society and how value it will be to the industry.

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