You’ve probably noticed people wearing bracelets or clip-on devices to track their steps and monitor vitals. Or maybe you’ve seen people logging their health information such as heart rate, calorie intake or weight on an app to help track their progress. It’s likely you’ve used one of these mobile devices to monitor your own health as well. These mobile devices can be used for more than just personal goals and well-being. Mobile devices are revolutionizing the way patient data is gathered and giving us new insight into preventive medicine. Here are a few key benefits to using mobile devices in health care:
1. Flexibility and Convenience
64% of adults in the US own smartphones. Wearable technology is expected to grow from 21 million units in 2014 to 150 million units in 2019. Mobile devices are popular because they’re easy to use, no matter where you go, and are just as capable as computers. You can store all of your health data in the palm of your hand without having to fill out a special form at the doctor’s office.
2. Valuable Source of Data
With so many people staying connected and tracking their data, it makes collecting information on patients easier and more accurate. Data collection has already proven to be an effective strategy for tracking infectious diseases and it can also be used to help physicians make more accurate diagnoses. By consulting relevant patient data, a doctor could diagnose and treat you based on data from patients with similar demographics and symptoms.
3. Clinical Trials
Sharing patient data with researchers is another way mobile technology has improved health care. Research companies are able to analyze the data to determine the best test subjects when conducting clinical trials. A recent breakthrough in the treatment of lung cancer resulted from a data-sharing arrangement with pharmaceutical companies.
Mobile technology allows us to accumulate large amounts of accurate data, which can then be used to benefit the public. For example, it may seem like you’re healthy, but your primary care physician might notice you’re following a pattern similar to another group of patients who experienced problems. Your doctor would be able to recommend treatment or other steps you can take to avoid having bigger health problems in the future.
At Catholic Benefits Trust, we recognize the potential mobile technology and patient data has when it comes to improving health care. We offer valuable benchmark data to our members so they can compare their progress with other CBT members. As a member, you can access this data warehouse whenever you want and use it to improve your health programs.
Contact us to learn more about the benefits our members receive.