M-HEALTH: MOBILE DEVICES WILL HELP DELIVER BETTER CARE FOR LESS
Indeed, it’s likely that m-health will be at the heart of innovative solutions that could ultimately redefine healthcare delivery.
- Digital Transformation of Care Delivers Benefits
- M-Health is Growing Worldwide
- Yet There Are Barriers to M-Health
- M-Health Can Boost the Economy
- SUPPORTING PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
- Turning Patients into Active Participants
- CONTRIBUTING TO MORE EFFICIENT HEALTHCARE
- ACCELERATING THE ADOPTION OF M-HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Patients who use m-health tools are experiencing firsthand the benefits. With regular, reliable data collected and delivered directly to their doctors, who can then adjust treatments as needed, patients are receiving better care. Ahmed B., a 28-year-old French Crohn’s disease patient uses a special app to record his vital signs, information about his general health and symptoms of his illness, every day.
It’s not just patients who reap the benefits. Ahmed’s gastroenterology specialist benefits from having more high quality data, allowing him to get a clearer picture of Ahmed’s condition. Being in regular contact with his patient helps him detect flare-ups early on and adjust treatments accordingly, keeping Ahmed’s condition under control. And when doctor and patient do see each other face-to-face, the specialist is already well-aware of his patient’s condition, meaning appointments are more focused and productive.
Mentalities are evolving. The French National Medical Council for example, is in favor of m-health applications, according to its vice-president, Dr. Jacques Lucas, as long as they are prescribed by the doctor as part of a treatment regimen. Patient-doctor trust is key.
And, as Nancy Hospital nurse Muriel Veltin explains, protection of sensitive and confidential information is at the heart of that trust. When m-health apps are properly protected, for example, by time-restricted and personalised access codes, patients can feel confident that their personal data is safe. Understanding the benefits of m-health and how it works can encourage patients to test m-health programmes themselves.
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