Take two 'medtech' apps & call me in the morning

Your technology term of the day is “medtech”.

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Obviously not too hard to work out, medtech (possibly sometimes ‘meditech’ or ‘medetech’) is the slightly less than fluid portmanteau of ‘medicine’ and ‘technology’ coming together…

… usually (these days) in the form of an application — and often (these days) coming in the form of software linked to intelligent health sensor devices, such as those classified as falling within the so-called Internet of Things.

Medtech on Android

We want medtech on open platforms of course — and so now we have the free Medelinked app available for Android smartphones and tablets in the Android Market on Google Play.

Made by Medelinked Ltd, Medelinked is said to provide users of devices including the Samsung Galaxy and Nexus with peace of mind that if they need urgent medical treatment at home or abroad.

But how?

Because users secure medical history can be quickly and safely accessed and shared from their Android mobile device.

Medelinked enables individuals to record a range of medical details including allergies, conditions, immunisations, medications and tests and the ability to store images of scans, and x-rays to complete their health profile as well as storing insurance and other documentation.

The app stores customers’ medical records securely using the Medelinked Health Cloud system. The user has sole control over the information that is stored and whether they wish any healthcare individual or organisation to view any part of their medical history.

The customer (let’s call them a ‘user’, its more human) can also choose any information they would like to store in a password-protected Emergency Records area, which a chosen family member or colleague can immediately access in the event of an emergency.

No more doctors by 2020?

According to its recent report `Healthcare and Life Sciences Predictions 2020` management consultancy Deloitte believes, that by 2020 consumers will accept they are largely responsible for their own health and that informed and demanding patients will be partners in their own healthcare.

Deloitte notes in the report that US consumers’ use of electronic health records across all age groups has doubled in the last five years – from eight to 16 per cent – with over half the US population being `very comfortable` or `somewhat comfortable` with the idea of electronic interaction with medical professionals .

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Ian Gallifant, founder and CEO, Medelinked has claimed that we are now seeing a “dramatic shift” in healthcare where individuals have a heightened interest in their own wellbeing and are increasingly interacting with personal technology to manage their lives.

“At the same time, people are realising they have choices, are gaining control and knowledge and proactively engaging with health issues. The realisation of support and education from online technology and apps and their increasing availability is driving new opportunities for improved healthcare services and better outcomes,” he said.

Gallifant concludes, “Personal electronic health records are the way forward for effective healthcare in the future. It starts with past health information being stored in an easily accessible way but offers the prospect of future health scenarios being generated through predictive analytics from large databases of information including lifestyle data, as well as medical intervention choices.”