Patient's use mobile health technology to prevent serious illnesses.

By: Taylor Tucker and Karina Shedrofsky:  Row 1

Mobile Health Technology is allowing patients to skip the doctor’s office and be able to manage their illnesses with the help of their mobile device.

Kenyon Crowley says, “Mobile Health Technology is categorized as applications on phones or on other mobile devices that can aid in monitoring an individual’s health, track different health signals, and motivate that individual to manage their own health”. Kenyon Crowley of the University of Maryland’s Business School is coming up with innovative ways to help patients take care of themselves within the comforts of their homes.

Seeing his family members become sick due to preventable causes and working with health clinics in the past have bought him to where he is today, starting this new Mobile Health Technology. And he already has different partnerships with local colleges, a coalition, and businesses.

According to Crowley, a lot of chronic diseases have a behavioral component and this is where he is hoping Mobile Health Technology will help motivate clients and patients to live healthier lifestyles. Like the mobile health device Jawbone’s UP, a wristband and mobile app that tracks sleeping, moving and eating patterns to better personalize health goals, said Sandeep Pulim, chief medical information officer of Point of Care who operates out of Columbia.

Application Malezi Bora provides life-saving information to mothers in the developing world

Over 300,000 mothers die each year due to complications during childbirth and 8.1 million children die before their fifth birthday. Most of these tragic deaths occur in the poorest countries in the world due to weak health systems and lack of health care workers. To address the lack of access to basic health care information, the mobile health application Malezi Bora was created. The application teaches mothers about basic maternal information in local languages and works on low cost cell phones. It even provides incentives for mothers to use the application and share its content with others in their community.

Health Care professionals can use Mobile Technology too.

Now health care professionals can use mobile applications to help with "information and time management; health record maintenance and access; communications and consulting; reference and information gathering; patient management and monitoring; clinical decision-making; and medical education and training," according to an article in the US National Library of Medicine. Mobile devices and apps provide many benefits for HCPs, perhaps most significantly increased access to point-of-care tools, which has been shown to support better clinical decision-making and improved patient outcomes.

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