Even though until no more than a few years ago connections between health care and technology were only found on complex devices that almost never left the hospitals, wearable devices (or electronic clothes) and mobile phones have put health care into the users’ hands. Or, to be more specific, onto the screens of their smartphones.
The interest in this sector is so big that in parallel to Mobile World Congress we can find a series of related events under the headline Health & Wellness within the mPowered Industries program. To sum it up, there are talks, debates and much more – all about new ways to connect wellbeing with different gadgets; but there are many other projects on mHealth.
Do not worry if you cannot make it to Barcelona this time, Mobile World Capital has launched the website Mobile Health Global including apps, figures, resources and analyses on the subject. Here, you will be able to find information about the most important projects that will be presented at the fair, which will be updated and extended over time. Some of them are:
There are many more, from vaccine projects based on mobile applications to monitoring your alcohol intake or a specific diet. There is management support for health care facilities, services that help us prevent illnesses or create healthier habits. And of course projects like the ones we talked about in earlier posts here or here that invite us to make use of smartphone technology in order to improve different aspects of our health and which are conquering even the developing countries.
It is impossible not to be optimistic about the future of the mHealth sector. 95 million Americans use their telephone to consult health related information. And, of course, this has created surroundings where there are a lot of interested investors and accelerators. We have to take this trend seriously and regulation is also necessary to avoid bad practices in such a delicate field.