26.02.2015

You can carry your medical history on your smartphone

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Image | HealthVault

Your medical history in your pocket, complete and with a wealth of detail: the results of every blood analysis, every X-ray, and your blood pressure can travel everywhere with you on your smartphone. You will always be a few swipes of your screen away from sharing your medical history with your doctor and you will never again have to worry about a test result getting lost or misplaced.

Every day, more and more initiatives are signing up to mHealth, one of the most interesting contributions to the world of mHealth is the ability to store our health information in the cloud or on our devices to be able to access and share the information from anywhere in the world

In effect, names such as HealthVault could end being as familiar to you as the name of your family doctor. This is what Microsoft has bet on by investing heavily in this new field that looks to combine health with technology.

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Microsoft probably has the most complete mHeath offer at the moment: on its platform, users can store all of their and their families medical information and access it whenever they wish. Using HealthVault, every patient can share said information with their doctor and closely monitor each and every aspect of their health status, from medication to lab results.

In addition, HealthVault allows users to manage their weight by monitoring their diet and exercise, a phenomenon already made famous by apps such as Runtastic. The information can be entered manually, although ideally devices such as pedometers, heart monitors and even scales will be used to synchronize directly with the platform. This is the big challenge faced by HealthVault: to make their system compatible with the different devices on the market so our information can be sent directly to the platform.

For their part, Hello Heart, an app available for devices that use the iOS operating system, allows users to monitor their heart pressure. Hello Doctor, the startup behind this application, raised 700,000 dollars in a matter of months in a rou  nd of financing (slightly more than 600,000 euros).

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Image | HelloDoctor

The objective for this app is not only to achieve a big user uptake, but also to persuade clinics and hospitals to adopt the application as a way of receiving their patients medical information. All of this without losing sight of data security. As we are going to be carrying sensitive personal information about our health, our phones security measures will have to be increased.

There are initiatives working with this in mind, like the one presented at a previous event of the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Orange and the security company Morpho announced a step forward in the sector of mHealth security with the creation of the first-ever identification system for mHealth users.

The system designed by Orange and Morpho allows the mobile phone’s SIM card to be connected with an ID number in the doctor’s possession. This will allow the doctor to use the platform to securely access patients’ information. The Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation is also working towards combining mHealth with public health. They expect to receive results soon from a pilot system currently being trialled.