Is that mHealth in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Posted in: behavior change, Design, health- Jan 17, 2012 No Comments

Did you ever think you’d be carrying your doctor around in your pocket? No. Nor did I. But without knowing it, our cellphones have quietly become a device that holds so much potential that they very well may be your next primary care physician.

As more and more technologies are embedded in them, innovators worldwide are finding ways to use them in life-changing ways.

mHealth is the term used when referring to this exploding area where tech meets science. Not only is it convenient for the urbanites amongst us (think tracking your diet or calories burned during your last workout), but it’s also enabling access to much needed diagnostics and healthcare in developing countries where access was formerly prohibitive if not nonexistent.

The field has so many far-reaching implications and brings together a myriad of disciplines—so much so that I couldn’t begin to explain them all properly. Suffice it say — it’s exciting. Very exciting.

Here are just a few links to get you started:
Fast Company: As Smartphones Get Smarter, You May Get Healthier: How mHealth Can Bring Cheaper Health Care To All

FastCoExist: The Future of Digital Health Is Lurking In San Francisco’s Chinatown

Forbes: Healthcare Delivers Technical Knockout at CES

TechCrunch: Mobile Technology Is Transforming The Health Industry, But to What Extent?

MobiHealthNews: Each Month 16.9M Access Health Info Via Mobiles

Mashable: 5 Useful iPad Apps for Doctors, Patients, and Students

TechCrunch: Do We Need Doctors Or Algorithms

Not to mention the Health Innovation Summit I have the luck to be attending tomorrow!

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