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Why We Will Soon Be Wearing Our Doctors

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Under what circumstances do we need to see a doctor? How does a doctor help us to get better? Is recovering always a guaranteed outcome? Wouldn’t it be remarkable if we could prevent disease rather than curing them by taking chemical medicine? Is paying for an expensive drug really the only solution to provide what is necessary for you to ovoid the pain that disease causes? Wouldn’t it be amazing if doctors could also teach us how to keep track of our health so we would be able to take essential action to prevent disease from happening?

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Well, the good news is that the technology to implement preventive methods of disease control now exits. These methods are called WIRELESS MEDICINE.

We now live in a society of information. There are tons of information, tools, and resources available that we can easily access at our own convenience. It used to be a time that all the information was limited to what we knew. Nowadays we can use our tablet or smartphone (whenever we choose) in order keep track of any updates of information.

There are many rumors on how smartphones will eventually replace laptops and PCs. According to a great article on AHIMA, “there are currently at least 10,000 health-related apps that could be downloaded to a mobile electronic device like the iPad, iPhone, and Android—smart phones and tablet computers that are increasingly being used by consumers and healthcare providers to manage various aspects of health maintenance and healthcare”.

There are many patients who are already benefitting from the convenience which remote monitoring has provided for them. Especially those who are too occupied with their careers and family responsibilities and literally cannot make the time for appearing in a doctor’s office.

3GDoctor.com is an example of an online platform in charge of helping patients of UK and Ireland to keep track of their health wirelessly. Another practical use of smartphones and tablets in healthcare is using the accelerometer in iPads in order to precisely determine the level of concussion in football players. The process requires a patient to walk while an iPad is strapped to him.

The coolest electronic health device I have recently become familiar with belongs to a Satellite Tracking System Company called “Securatrac”. It is a microsensor patch (as small as a band-aid) which keeps track of patients’ vital health records such as blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, and also their motion and location. The location helps the emergency team and the doctors to find the troubled patient when he or she needs help the most. This GPS technology in the device becomes extremely practical when it comes to helping patients with brain injuries or Alzheimer’s.

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The striking idea of “wearing your doctor” has been ranked among the top 10 ideas that make a difference according to ideas.Time.com. I was so fascinated by this idea and decided to share a part of it here in my blog post:

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