The advent of the covid-19 epidemic exposed the fragility of the current systems in placed both in the public and private health sector in the world. This has created an opportunity to find new and innovative ways in the mhealth sector to overcome this challenge.
Use of apps in covid-19 detection as an innovation for mhealth.
There has been a recent surge in the number of people infected with covid-19 and other respiratory diseases. This has created a unique challenge in that medical practitioners have to find innovative ways to minimize contact between the patients. This in turn means that the healthcare sector has to improve the decentralizing care and making sure that there is minimal physical interactions and time spent in the physical health premises. Some of the apps developed in the mhealth digital health platform include the Docsun apps. The Docsun Mobile App, the Docsun Doorway Terminal and the Docsun Web Platform all employ the use of the OCT technology. The devices scan one’s vitals and give a reading on whether the user is exhibiting any symptoms associated with covid-19 or any other respiratory diseases.https://docsun.health/en/docsun-report-on-the-role-of-optical-coherent-tomography-oct-in-covid-19-testing/
Mhealth has made telehealth accessible
The premise of telehealth is that it makes availability of medical expertise readily available to all. Access to this kind of information increases the geographical coverage that medical care is available to people. Mhealth lowers the operation cost unlike those in the found in the physical hospitals. The physical hospitals require that patients book appointments so that they could have a face to face consultation with a doctor unlike when using the telehealth platforms where it can be done through the use of a message or video conferencing. The patient’s data is captured and stored safely until such a time when it can be reviewed by the medical practitioners at a suitable time. New, and cost-effective innovative models of telehealth have been under review for such conditions that include covid-19, diabetes and ophthalmology.https://www.scientificamerican.com/custom-media/innovations-in-ai-and-digital-health/
Mhealth use of artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence is mostly used in storing and interpreting large amounts of complicated data derived other devices. This is expected to facilitate the diagnosis and management of chronic conditions. Experts are encouraging the use of artificial intelligence because the systems work more efficiently which in turn increases their reliability and most importantly they can work for more hours than what a human being can. This will significantly play a huge role in increasing the efficiency of the health sector. This is because the health sector has long been plagued with staff shortages and reduce the workload pressure and financial constraints suffered. The use of artificial intelligence can be used to make breakthroughs in the medical field. This is because the artificial intelligence system can analyze data to reveal patterns which will be undetected to the human eye.
Mhealth has reduced the burden of electronic health records
Medical practitioners when using the mhealth platform benefit from accurate up to date medical information to the patients at the point of care. Patients are also able to quickly access their information which is safely stored and can be discreetly shared to other medical experts when the need arises. The mhealth platform provides an effective medium for patient doctor interaction with the margin of errors occurring reduced significantly.https://www.novartisfoundation.org/transforming-population-health/healthtech-innovation
Mhealth has mitigated the risks of antibiotic resistance
The use of electronic media is useful in detecting patterns of infections. With the advanced system of monitoring by the healthcare practitioner this risk can easily be highlighted. The tools available to enhance accuracy of the analytics can create a more accurate alerts for the patients and the healthcare practitioners. The antibiotic resistance if not controlled can cause havoc to the healthcare sector. This is because when drugs can no longer respond to treatment it has the capability of causing loss of lives in a very short period