Posted by: DrJosephKim
mhealth, mobile health
I recently had an opportunity to speak at the Mobile Health Expo in NYC. I enjoyed speaking about the history of mobile technology. I was an early adopter in the 1990’s and I had an Apple Newton MessagePad. I was one of those physicians who had a digital device in my white coat pocket and I recorded patient information on my mobile devices.
It’s amazing to see that mobile devices are ubiquitous today. Many physicians have multiple mobile devices and they are using devices like the iPhone or iPad at the point of care. They are using mobile technology to diagnose conditions. Mobile learning is gaining tremendous momentum in the healthcare community. Patients are becoming empowered to use mobile devices to refill prescriptions or find the nearest urgent care center. They’re finding ways to leverage mobile technology to communicate with their healthcare professionals.
As the mobile health industry evolves quickly, it’s hard to imagine where we will be in 3 or 5 years. The industry is moving so quickly that regulatory bodies are having difficulty keeping up with all these changes.