How smartphones and wearable technology are influencing medical science
Gone are the days when we relied on medical practitioners for acquainting ourselves with knowledge on any kind of medical problem. Let alone any guidance on medical problems, now the pendulum is fast shifting towards technology aided healthcare. With mobile devices like smartphones at your disposal, getting medical diagnosis and medical treatment is going to be more than just a consultation with the doctor.
Platforms like Android and iOS provide the users with countless apps and added accessories that help in diagnosing a stubborn problem or keeping check on vital body functions. Thereby, giving patients more control over their medical treatment and care to be administered during the treatment phase. Let’s take the simple example of a situation where you have rashes on your skin and want to get advice on how to treat them. All you have to do is download an app which analyses the picture and then gives advice on the recommended solution depending on the severity of your problem.
Smartphone assisted analysis
There are many apps out there for monitoring degenerative eye disease to check vision using built-in camera of the smartphone. Not only that, but researchers have built devices that can perform kidney dialysis too, that work in conjunction with smartphone app to do all the analysis.
Measuring vital body functions
Another good example is the ability of your smartphone to take heart-rate readings or perform an electrocardiogram using FDA approved apps. Taking advantage of what technology has to offer, you can have a one on one chat with your doctor sitting in another state or country to get advice on any particular medical ailment you have.
Wearable technology to the fore-front
Going one step further is the advent of wearable technology that has changed how we look at diseases and overall fitness. There are many wearable gadgets that do things like tracking your heart-rate, temperature, precipitation level, calories burnt and much more. Wearable sensors can be programmed to do very specific task like tracking the fluid in your lungs or contact lenses that keep check on your glucose levels for glaucoma.
Wearable technology and smartphones to the aid
For the future researchers are developing devices that can track the oxygen levels in blood stream to warn of any symptoms that may lead to a major disease. This is where nano-technology comes-in, wherein nano-sensors flow into the blood stream and keep a check on all the vital functions of body. Another example is the use of tattoos loaded with sensors that keep track of vital body functions.
What’s the future
Although the dependence of a patient on doctors will never vanish, but medical science is being affected very rapidly by latest technologies that give patients more control over their disease. There could be a future where technologies assist the doctors in making important decisions and also give the patient concrete idea about the things they have to do in order to get over any kind of ailment.
That said, wearable technology and use of smartphone applications are already changing the complexion of medical science and its applications. However, it is 100% sure that in the future apps and wearable technology will facilitate in early detection of diseases and help in treating them in least possible time.