26.02.2014

mHealth, health care and mobile devices at hand

mHealth, health care and mobile devices at hand

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.

Mobile Health Global… and mucho more

mHealth, health care and mobile devices at hand

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:

  • Neurosurfer consists in an immersive 3D environment you can enter using the Oculus rift virtual reality goggles in order to get feedback on how your brain is functioning. Its applications go from making studies in order to create models for cognitive improvement to facilitate early diagnostics of different mental illnesses like for example Parkinsons’s disease.
  • CarismaTiC presents itself as a service package adapted to mobile telephones, which allow patients or the people caring for them to choose the kinds of services they need in order to handle medication, health data and communication by themselves. As it was developed on a modular platform, it can be personalized remotely via internet and data can be checked without consulting with the user.

  • iPediatric does exactly what its name seems to indicate; it is an app for pediatric consultation for iPhone and Android which helps you evaluate symptoms of babies from 0 to 12 months, monitor its growth and even share that information on social networks. In cases of an emergency it also indicates us a few steps to follow to provide first aid.
  • Algos Painometer won an award at the symposium for innovation in the health field of MWC which was held in the catalonian city of Girona. It is an application that allows you to answer some of the questions you may have about your first symptoms, which you can show to your doctor afterwards in order to help him or her make an exact diagnosis. What makes it especially useful, is the fact that it is aimed at chronic conditions.
  • A booming sector

    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.