Since the 90’s the evolution of mobile technology has been exponential, this growth was explained by the following factor: 1- Moore’s law: this law, observed by Gordon Moore in 1965, expressed that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every 18 months. What is the significance of this? Lot. It is a reflection of that technology is constantly developing, it allows that move so fast our pockets being better off accessing cheap and powerful technology. Cell phones today do not seem like anything which was made 18 months…
2- Whoever calls, pays’: this system, as its name says is that the person who makes a call from or to a cell phone covers the total of the cost of the call, before that was not the case.
3- Prepaid cell phones
This enterprise policy was a very important step in the overcrowding of mobile technology. What does it have to do with health? A lot. Fortunately the medicine has been benefiting of this technological revolution and has progressed step by step with these improvements. The establishment of public health policies are not possible if we do not know the target population, their risk factors or the consequences of this. For this we need data. But how do we store it? And more importantly how to access it? There are numerous tools that allow the collection of data and the study of it; others allow the storage and access. But most importantly, the tools may allow people from around the world to monitor the migration of diseases. A clear example of this are the maps online for the monitoring of the Human Influenza.
The advance of technology has allowed to appear new devices that benefit health. an example of the above, and that it struck me deeply is a microscope, which costs $3 and connects to mobile devices. This mobile technology cheaper costs and allows us to obtain images without the need for healthcare professional. Another example is the robotic arm controlled by remote control, and that allows the realization of complex surgical procedures with enviable precision, and that it is already used in American clinics. Other examples are drugs warning through an automated phone application can send messages of reminder of clinical hours or consumption of drugs like a app that allows messages to be sent via SMS to a group of people and allows to inform patients about taking medications or clinical hours. There could be an app for monitoring patients therefore tracking patients that is not going to their regular checks. All this would be useless if people don’t take it to the next step. And not just developers who create an application, but the professional that applies this technology. A software that is unfriendly or very cumbersome will eventually stopped being used. Due to the above we have clinical electronic files that are not being used or initiatives that don’t thrive.
When you have a database, you can draw conclusions and extrapolate. If you know what drugs people take, you can draw conclusions, see what things consume more and save resources in the purchase. Access to technologies saves hours of health personnel. When you have a system that sends SMS messages reminding hours, you save on the officer that would have called the patient; to have electronic clinical file, you save paper and find easier pathologies. Mobile technology is a long-term investment, but it is certainly worth. In short, are many other areas in which has been benefiting health and it is very likely that once more we see others. But, as I said at the beginning, so no use to us if we do not have skilled evidence. I hope that we get.