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Mobile momentum

  1. 1. Future Healthcare Delivery Will NeedmHealth SolutionsDelivery of Healthcare in the medium term will be characterised by substantial changes, ranging fromthe essential to real paradigm shifts. Driven by financial needs and supported by technologicalinnovations and accompanied by socio-demographic factors the landscape of Healthcare will neverbe the same again. One of the most prominent masterminds in this area, the pioneering geneticistand cardiologist Eric Topol is calling it “The Creative Destruction of Medicine”.WHY?Shifts in the demographic structure and material prosperity in the Western World changed the lifefrom cradle to grave and with it the need to change the philosophy in the delivery of Healthcare. Wewill witness a reorganisation of social systems and the self-understanding of governments andnations. Driven by financial needs nations be forced to change definitions and values and Healthcareis one central area where no stone will remain unturned in finding more efficient and up-to –datesolutions to provide a better allocation of scarce resources and develop cost saving potentials. Thedevelopment of innovative mHealth solutions is crucial and many organisations are turning theirattention to this sector.WHAT?Health and healthcare will cease to be a concern for the State. The risk of getting a disease isdetermined to some extent by an individual’s life style. It will cease to be a Public responsibility totake care of an individual’s health. It will remain to be responsibility of Government to provideresources in hospitals and other such institutions but taking care of our own health could and shouldbe rewarded and the opposite will lead to healthcare being provided on the basis of a basic service.Choosing a healthy lifestyle requires support and instant access to information and services bytechnology can be provided by our companion – our mobiles hence the development of mHealth.Mobiles are more and more important in our daily life and are now accepted, for example, whenmaking payments, access control and electronic ticketing. The use of mobile phones to deliverelements of Healthcare is not only logical but also inevitable. Data collection will create substantialvolumes of information, available for analysis, generating insights into human health previously notavailable. With the revolutionary findings of the Nobel Prize winning Luc Montagnier diseases can bedetected by the information - captured through the ambient electromagnetic background of very lowfrequency waves, characterizing pathogenic cells and bacteria.HOW?Mobile devices and internet based solutions will provide access to functions such as:  Individual data capture  Remote monitoring by a health specialist  Storage and bundling of data to enable comprehensive analysis and profound diagnosis  Reminder services  Video tutorials  Training support  Behaviour change
  2. 2.  Medication support and automatic ordering services  Emergency services  Nutrition diary and shopping guidance  Electronic package inserts  Full and instant access to individual medical records on a secure basisWHERE?The Western World sees the need to change its approach on the delivery of Healthcare and they willbe followed quickly by the BRICS states. The Third World will need to develop an approach to catchup with and fully utilise innovative technology driven applications to provide real and sustainableimprovements in healthcare. The good news is that mobile communication is available on a globalbasis and becoming more sophisticated and less expensive. This provides another reason whymHealth is inevitable.This paradigm shift in medical care will shift main focus in new directions:  From costly treatments like surgery and therapies to prevention and pre-screening  From social duty to individual responsibility  From a passive concern to an active obligation  From hospitals and doctors practices to anywhere individuals need advice and help  From stationary to mobile  From drugs to information  From treatments based on generalised information to individualised treatmentsACCEPTANCE?In order for the mHealth opportunity to develop and be useful in the Healthcare environment theRegulatory Bodies will need to ensure that approval is given for medical purposes quickly and withthe minimum of fuss. As mHealth products are generally non-invasive the critical issue will be theaccuracy of the data captured for analysis and the security of such data when stored andtransmitted. If mHealth is to have the impact being suggested then all bodies in the Healthcare arenawill need to work together. This may be the biggest challenge to success! Dr. Dr. Gerhard Lingg MSc

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