Recent advancements in technology have significantly expanded healthcare. Mobile technology can not only help patients meet their health goals but allow them to set more ambitious goals.
Embracing mobile technology at the clinician level can produce better health outcomes for patients across the board. Learn the three top ways mobile technology can aid clinical practice below.
Portable X-Ray machines, like the kind made by Patient Image, have revolutionized health care in the 21st century. Their portability and versatility allow healthcare providers to meet patients in whatever setting is easiest. Clinicians and nurses can freely move from room to room with portable X-ray machines and take the exam room on the road if a patient can’t access the X-ray room.
Advancements in the tech that goes into portable X-ray machines mean that image quality has become sharper and more consistent as well. One study found that 1 in every 123 patients who underwent a scan had to re-scan due to poor image quality. Being able to easily re-position the x-ray under better visibility conditions makes for better quality scans.
Research shows that walking for at least 30 minutes a day has major health benefits. Walking can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, promote overall heart health, and lower cholesterol. Simple exercises like walking should be an integral part of your daily routine.
The hard part for many patients suffering from poor cardiovascular health is getting motivated to get up and move. But wearable technology like Fitbits and smart watches incentivize movement by gameifying it.
Getting out into the world, taking in nature, and getting your steps in has gone from boring to fun. Fitbits create weekly goals, administer rewards when those goals are met, and make the whole experience engaging. Smartwatches can also help you with your mental health by promoting communication.
The Mayo Clinic has published research showing that connecting with friends and family consistently can reduce your risk of many severe health problems. Meaningful social connections can boost your happiness, reduce stress, and help you cope with depression-inducing traumas. Smartwatches bring you one step closer to your loved ones—they’ll always only be a single click on your wrist away.
Portable biometric sensors are another variation of wearable tech that can improve your health. Rather than making weekly appointments for scans and vital measurements, patients can ask their doctors about wearable blood pressure monitors, electrocardiogram monitors, and biosensor patches that track vital signs.
Healthcare providers can get up-to-the-minute info on patient health as it’s developing so that no emergencies have to end badly.
The key to staying healthy is knowing your own body. Any information patients can gather about their health and functioning is good information. It will help them make informed decisions and steer themselves down the right path. Mobile technology can help them every step of the way, and you can be the one to introduce them to it.