The influence of Information Technology on health cannot be underestimated. There are so many innovative devices and apps being designed that can help doctors assist in health care. Besides, Bio Informatics is one of the biggest emerging fields, which aims at improving, storing and organizing Biological data. This field has also brought incredible innovations in Smartphone applications. Smartphone app developers are consistently focusing on health related applications in order to provide users with health related facilities right in their hands.
Around the world, nearly 320 health related applications are being used; here are the top 4:
AT&T Vitality GlowCaps
This application helps you take pills on the prescribed time. Once it’s time to take your pills, the app plays a ringtone or sends you a message to remind you. Doctors highly recommend this application, because many forget to take pills at the prescribed time.
Mobisante MobiUS SP1 Ultrasound System
SPI Ultrasound technology is very useful in identifying diseases. Many people in developing countries unfortunately do not have access to ultra sound facilities. You can easily plug this device into your Smartphone and actually get an ultrasound image. The image can then be transferred through a simple Wi-Fi connection to any other device.
Home monitoring device
These types of application are already available in some European countries, but is expected to be introduced in the US. A home monitoring application by itself won’t work; devices like sensors are required in order to ensure proper monitoring. Machine-to-machine technology helps the elderly just in case of emergency. If an emergency were to occur, the sensors are designed to send an alert to your smartphone; then send a message to your doctor or even a relative.
Dexcom Seven Plus Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system
For diabetics, conventional glucose monitoring is a bit of a process. Diabetics, both type I or II, are constantly required to keep records of their glucose levels. With this application and device, keeping track is incredibly easy. There is also an additional device that comes with this application, a small device kept under an individual’s skin for constant monitoring. The sensor can be used consistently for seven days, and it transmits data every five minutes to a cell phone sized receiver. This way you have data that can be transferred into your smartphone.