How mobile devices can offer insights into clinical trials

Author: Sarah Iqbal

Mobile devices have become more than just a tool for communication, as different industries have found a way to incorporate the technology to make their work processes efficient, smart, and more effective over time. One particular sector that benefits from mobile devices is the medical industry, especially in providing insights that can further help make clinical trials more accurate.

In a report posted by ResearchAndMarkets, the mobile health market is predicted to grow to be worth $115 billion by 2025, mainly because key players are continuously innovating mobile technologies so that is it becoming an effective medical tracking tool. But how can it offer insights to further enhance clinical trials?

Real-time health monitoring

Photo of a chest x-ray

Smartphones that are built with health tracking features are able to provide patients with real-time information about their overall wellness, vital signs, even to their stress level. Premium smartphones, such as the Galaxy S7, are pre-built with their propriety health monitoring apps. It can also be paired with their compatible smartwatches to provide users round-the-clock details about their heart rate and health status.

In a report by O2, the handset now has a longer battery life that ensures users that their health is always accurate and up to date.

Even without a wearable, user will be able to get accurate details about their health directly on their mobile devices, as research revealed that smartphone apps are just as accurate as wearables in tracking health. In addition, there are more smartphone owners than wearables owner with approximately 65% having their own handset, while only 2% have purchased a smartwatch in America.

Specialised mobile health

Most mobile devices are only able to offer basic medical data, but that won’t last for long. Soon, there will be technologies that people can use to help them with their specialist needs. Google has been developing the first smart contact lens that is said to assist patients with diabetes by non-invasively monitoring their blood sugar levels. Then, there’s a wearable that patients suffering with seizures can wear to inform their family members and medical staff if they are having an attack.

More technologies are expected soon with the likes of Google and Samsung expected to spearhead the industry and help users can greater insights into their own personal health.

Doctors in real-time

Soon there won’t be any need for patients to visit hospitals or clinics for standard check-ups, as patients will be able to converse directly with physicians through their mobile devices. This will be particularly helpful for those patients who live a long way from medical assistance, need trivial information regarding a health complaint or even those that need emergency help or are bedridden.

Mobile devices will be able to connect them to their “digital doctors” and they will be able to offer them the best diagnosis based on the data taken from their health trackers on their smartphone or wearable. The American Council on Science and Health stated a few more benefits of said program: increase healthcare access (especially for patients in remote areas), will help to cut medical costs, shift toward value-based care, and generate more revenue for the industry. The hope is that programs such as these will be introduced in many developing nations where they lack professional medical care in many remote locations.

In the coming years, mobile technology will further revolutionize the healthcare sector by providing it efficient and effective solutions to assist more patients, even those who need special care across the world.

Exclusively written for Biotaware’s Blog
by EverythingMobile

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