Mobility devices for healthcare - efficient path for advanced patent care monitoring?
Here’s a bit of a riddle – I met someone recently that said that he sold medical devices, where was I?
- My ortho doctor getting my shoulder looked at from an injury coaching football
- A pharmacy picking up supplies for a relief trip sponsored by my church
- A medical supply store pricing equipment for an elderly family member
- A cell phone store looking for a new handset
So the interactions were metaphoric but served to engage thoughts about medical devices. Not expensive equipment from a medical company; something more interactive.
The industry is moving way beyond an alert from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I've_fallen_and_I_can't_get_up target=_blank>Mrs. Fletcher . Applications exist today to monitor blood pressure, caloric intake and sleep activity for the home healthcare market . Consider the intersection of legislative imperatives, drive to reduce costs, aging population, and the desire to improve overall health with cheap connected devices. It seems we’re on the precipice of incredible innovation.
Wireless phones didn’t change how we made calls. It changed where we made calls. Smart phones won’t change how we use information. It will change where and what frequency we use it. We’ll have the ability to make healthy choices with continuous access to our information. Track diet and exercise better. Monitor weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar. With easy-to-use devices, we can choose to make better decisions about our health.
Ultimately, there’s no place that mobile deviaces won’t touch. The more that my device becomes the lynchpin of the activity of my life, the more I realize that it isn’t about connectivity or data. It’s about the integration of technology into all facets of my life. Quite a bit of control for a 5oz device. Kind of scary, especially when misplaced.
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- Joe Tong
- April 17, 2012
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