"Many mobile medical devices are now connected to medical information technology networks and IT networks are these days remotely accessible through the medical devices. This stands out as a desirable developmental trend," said Bhuller.
She continued, "Through the use of mobile devices, patients have immense possibilities for adequate recordings of biomedical signals at home which include glucose analysis, respiratory parameters, blood pressure measurements, and electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings. The storage capacity, faster computing speeds, ease of use, and portability render mobile devices an optimal solution in terms of diagnosis and monitoring of chronic conditions."
With mobility being discussed as a prominent trend, many vendors are focused upon an iPhone or an iPad app. Design and healthcare providers are realizing the need to manage the BYOD trend in hospital settings. The key to success here is developing strong partnerships between device manufacturers, mobile phone vendors, software developers, system integrators and network infrastructure companies that allow companies to create an ecosystem of advanced healthcare delivery technologies rather than isolated mobility solutions.
"Medical and healthcare apps are the third fastest growing category for iPhone and Android phones. The Apple App store now has 17,000 health care related apps, 60% of which are aimed at the consumer," said Bhuller.
"Existing mHealth applications have shown that the combined use of a mobile network and a connected device can greatly extend the reach of healthcare platforms, and the potential for further development is huge," she concluded.
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