Reflection 3+4 by Patricia Loiacono

A few of the articles that I read in this past section made me think deeper about the future of our healthcare system. Health is moving into a more digital age, including health apps, and diagnostics through medical apps. This new movement definitely has both its risks and benefits, but overall it’s inevitable and fast approaching.

This video that I watched in addition to the articles shows just the direction that healthcare is moving towards. This video shows viewers that their smartphones are capable of a lot more than they think. Our smartphones are becoming the future of medicine and all things healthcare. During regular check up visits, smartphones are able to calculate and show EKG tests and monitor a patient. Dr. Eric Topol, one of the world’s top physicians, says he is “prescribing more apps than medications”. He tells us that apps can do a lot these days with diagnosing and helping patients, which will end up saving both time and money.

Among new apps that can help your doctor monitor your health, there are also many apps that consumers can download to keep tabs on where they are health wise. There has been a huge increase in the amount of apps that are available that keep track of nutrition, sleep, exercise, and overall well-being. Many apps are on the market that report qualitative data to the consumer to help them track and analyze their health and give them tips to improve it for the future. An example of one of these apps that Dr. Topol explains in the video is one that monitors your glucose levels. Apps of this nature have a vast market because of how many diabetics there are that need to keep a better hold over their disease. Like this app, there are many others that help patients with differing imparments, disabilities, and diseases control their symptoms and help them to stay on top of their varying health issues.

I believe that health care moving to the digital age is very beneficial for both patient and health care provider. It not only saves time and money but it educates the patient on how to care for themselves. Many apps that are on the market today do a great job at keeping consumers updated on their health and provide a platform to improve themselves for the future.



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