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Evaluating Mobile Advancements in Healthcare

By Ideas Lab Staff August 20, 2012

Brookings outlines how advancements in mobile technology have changed the way health providers and patients communicate.

Mobile phones – especially smartphones such as the iPhone or BlackBerry – have become essential tools for daily life tasks, from communicating with family members to finding directions to the nearest shopping center. And given our reliance on mobile phones for such uses, industries including healthcare now recognize the potential for mobile technology.

Health providers, for example, can remotely monitor heart patients and access medical databases. How have these innovations improved patient health? The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings addressed that question in a public forum this spring, where a panel of experts discussed how technology enables health innovation both in the United States and across the globe.

The speakers also took audience questions, and a new paper by Darrell West, vice president and director of Governance Studies for Brookings, was released on the topic.

According to a summary of his paper, West writes that mobile technology helps with chronic disease management, empowers the elderly and expectant mothers and reminds people to take medications at the proper times. West also examines trends in mobile health innovation from around the world and reviews adoption of innovative examples of mobile health, its impact on services and how mobile devices change the medical system.