How smartphones will prevent disease

Healthcare gradually transfers to the smartphone. Respiratory rate, heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure, blood sugar levels. All of these can track a mobile technology. If working is not normal, it tells to consult a doctor. Some devices also possess an ability to prevent stroke in a few hours.

Such gadgets are either attached to your body or worn as a watch or bracelet, and all health pointers are presented via a smartphone app. All these gadgets together got the name of mHealth – mobile health.

New mHealth technology purposes to make the “lab-on-a-smartphone” a common device for detecting and treating disorders, connecting patients to doctors and providing mHealth to isolated areas. More recently, scientists have been developing technology to turn the smartphone into a portable lab, a particularly useful tool in remote and underserved locations.

The potentials are many. A smartphone could be used to test for and start treatment of syndromes like malaria, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, even Zika and Ebola in remote areas. It could help customers determine if they or their children have the flu before heading out to school or work. Through a mHealth platform, it could help clinicians recognize outbreaks or treat patients who can’t get to the hospital.

Just last year, researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston used “smartphone microscopes” to diagnose non-melanoma skin cancers, recording results that were 60 percent to 90 percent accurate.

How does mobile health

An electrocardiogram can be done for 10 seconds on a smartphone. And pulse depth and frequency breathing, and temperature. All these measures Cardiomo, which is a small device attached under your chest. It transmits all the information to a smartphone.

If in any case, some indicators are not normal, Cardiomo tells how to normalize, for instance. If the status is serious, the device asks to consult your doctor. The information about the person’s health is also sent to relatives.

“One day when I called my mother, she complained that her third day of a headache. And she is sick and can’t get out of bed. I asked what did you call me, you didn’t. Says didn’t want to disturb me. It distressed me, and then I thought about that device which removes the medical data and presents it in a clear form through the app on the smartphone. Finally, we did Cardiomo.

It is a device which takes high-quality cardiogram, skin temperature, respiratory rate and displays on the smartphone. Prominently, it conveys the dynamics. For instance, if the device finds that the pulse is not normal, he relates the ECG and gives instruction on how to regulate pulse or commends that you see a doctor.  Correspondingly significant, if anything is wrong, a family will get a push message on their mobile,” says Roman Belkin, co-founder of a startup Cardiomo.

Family doctor Yuri Bykov ponders such a device a good way for self-health. But I am not sure it is perfect. “I often see on the wrists of patients aptness bracelets or watches. That’s great if they retain track of their activity reaches the aim. If, for instance, a person will notice that the heart rate higher than normal, and will come to me, I’m just pleased that he drew care to their health. Though, in his office, I did not consider the pressure will show the device”, – said Bykov.

Future gadgets health

Healthcare progressively will be connected to mobile technologies. The next step in the development of novel Belkin called Health 3.0. For instance, people who used to trust your health to hospital and doctors – only doctors could interpret the diagnostic outcomes. The patient did not know what it is and just do what they say – doing certain procedures or drink some pills.

Now, we are at the stage of Health 2.0 – the health of the patient viewing a doctor – a family doctor who may need to refer to a specialized doctor.

“Health3.0 ends all definitely on the person and depends on his fitness. But to comprehend what creates and what is wrong. First seemed in the supermarket, when people can observe their activity. Then more complex gadgets which measure blood pressure, pulse, EKG,” – said the Belkin.

Today is obtainable for download 325 of thousands of mobile health apps. Half of them synced with other devices like fitness bracelets, according to the study Research2Guidance. Such plans in the world of operators have downloaded 3.7 billion times. But there is no standard of their selection or efficiency.

The developers could become the United States. A year ago in the United States has approved an idea for the development of digital health. In America application really deliberated as an instrument to develop public health. For instance, to battle obesity, cardiovascular diseases. And the FDA the Office for the excellence of medicines and products – is to check the efficiency of devices and gives approvals for their use.

Newly FDA permitted to use for medicinal purposes the first non-injectible FreeStyle Libre blood glucose meter for diabetic patients. The unit gives the choice not to give blood during the measurement of the glucose level in blood but must check it after each meal. The FDA also delivered directions for using Apple Watch in the medicinal purposes.

mHealth solutions can help distinguish the progress of long-lasting disorders at an initial phase through self and distant diagnostics and will enable timely involvement. Care to prevention can develop the quality of life and even upsurge life expectancy by discovering new ways to encourage “healthy performance,” according to “Green book mobile health” of the European Commission.

According to the predictions of Economics mHealth, digital fitness market will perform more and more technological clarifications for diabetics. For diabetes trailed by “obesity” and “despair”.

However, in the near future of private electronics is improbable to swap the medical apparatus, said Sergey Mityaev, co-founder and Creative Director of Gagadget. At the same time, the regular practice may work as a monitoring apparatus and avoid severe health concerns.


“The chief health problem is that patients go to the doctor when the whole thing is “running”. Current trackers have worthy consistency know how to count your pulse. New Apple watch permits you to measure ECG.

In the forthcoming such procedures will be even more. Their core purpose is to continually monitor the pointers and report (first user, and in the future) when they go beyond the average. Recent clinics are already unmanageable without computers. All doctors use Viber to send records like results of monitoring, analyses, and so on,” – said Mityaev.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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