As technology progresses, modern society has become more and more familiar with mobile-based application for a wide variety of purposes be it work or play. As medical technology becomes more advanced, mobile Applications have found a new frontier in the medical tech world. With everything from a Skin Scan that documents and monitors skin lesions to 3D printing technology, the mobile innovations seem to have no bounds. Online services such as PatientsLikeMe and CureTogether allow patients to record their medical history digitally in a way that is rapidly and easily accessible, while Skype and FaceTime have opened new doors with how patients communicate with doctors: rather than sitting in a crowded stuffy doctor’s office just to explain you have a cold, you can speak to your doctor face-to-face from the comfort of your home.
Not yet available in the United States, mobile heart monitors such as Alivecor provide an electrocardiogram with real-time heart monitor updates, even enabling the possibility that your iPhone could be the next otoscope and glucometer. Devices such as the FitBit and the Jawbone Up band allow for more effective therapy treatment as they measure daily activity, effectively making daily records easier to measure for your doctor or physician. As society advances, we might be downloading an ‘app’ a day to keep the doctors away.
Charlotte Kellogg is a Communications Media major graduating from Goucher College in May. Charlotte is currently interning at Jumpthru during her winter break. She is an active horse woman, and hopes to one day combine her love of horses and communications for a therapeutic riding center.