Health service could benefit from mobile technology

Mobile technology should play a major role in the provision of healthcare.

Mobile technology should play a major role in the provision of healthcare.

A report launched at last week’s Healthcare Computing conference in Harrogate, said mobile technology should play a part in various key areas including supplying dietary information, fitness and training and health monitoring.

The report called "Mobile Operators – Fully Engaged", from Cambridge-based Wireless Healthcare, said that when mobile subscribers have phones that can be easily interfaced with other wireless devices, mobile operators could become the lynchpin in health authorities providing a “fully engaged healthcare scenario”. 

The report said, that the operators have already won over the youth market with text messaging and video clips, and the youth market is one area of the population that health authorities struggle to engage with. 

Scenarios where mobile devices can be used to provide better healthcare include being able to use them to scan products on shop shelves to learn about dietary information, through electronic labels on shelves or even in the product packaging. 

Mobile phones could also be used to upload training programmes into exercise equipment, or forward data downloaded from exercise equipment to medical staff to update them on a patient’s progress. 

The report said wireless-enabled weighing machines and blood pressure devices could soon arrive to help doctors monitor their patients without them having to visit their surgeries.

More on the report can be found at www.wirelesshealthcare.co.uk.

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia.

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