Jason Collier - 15th Aug 2018 [updated 5th Aug 2019] - Mobile Health
With the recent advancements in technology, mobile health apps have revolutionised the way in which healthcare is provided, by connecting medical devices to mobile apps.
The medical devices which connect to mobile apps include: blood glucose meters, ECG monitors, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, peak flow meters, neurological monitoring devices, sleep apnea monitors and multiparameter trackers. The apps which they connect to allow doctors to remotely monitor patients and patients to self-manage their diseases.
According to Care Cloud, there are over 100000 Android and iOS mobile health apps available. These apps can be distinguished into health apps and wellness apps. While wellness apps track the overall health of users, health apps can be used to diagnose and treat diseases. Both of these categories of mobile health apps provide a remote service, but the consequences, both good and bad, are far greater for health apps. The following list of apps can all be considered health apps. These are some of the most useful health apps on the market today (in no particular order).
The Kardia App, developed by AliveCor Inc., allows a user to take a medical-grade EKG anytime, anywhere using their smartphone paired with AliveCor® KardiaMobile EKG Monitor. It is recommended by leading cardiologists and has been used extensively by people around the world. It takes just 30 seconds to detect normal heart rhythm or AFib and it is easy to use – the user simply puts their fingers on the electrodes (no wires, patches or gels required). Kardia Mobile will wirelessly communicate with the Kardia app to let the user know if their EKG is normal or if atrial fibrillation (AF) is detected. The EKG can be emailed to the user’s doctor at any time for analysis, saving the user time, effort and money.
Source: AliveCor Inc.
MIM Software Inc. provides practical imaging solutions in the fields of radiation oncology, radiology, nuclear medicine, neuroimaging, and cardiac imaging.
The Mobile MIM™ app was the first medical app on Apple’s App store, with good reason! The Mobile MIM™ app is used for the viewing, registration, fusion, and display for diagnosis of medical images from the following modalities: SPECT, PET, CT, MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound. Mobile MIM™ provides wireless and portable access to medical images, enhancing physicians’ access to images and allowing physicians to consult with peers.
Source: MIM Software Inc.
The BlueStar Diabetes App, developed by WellDoc Inc., works by capturing blood-glucose information and providing real-time coaching. WellDoc’s system analyzes the data and offers a personalised coach to help patients manage their medication and treatment with over 20,000+ automated coaching messages. Further support can be gained by submitting diabetes questions and getting answers from certified diabetes educators.
What’s more is that the app organises the user’s medications, sets reminders and provides healthy recipes, meal plans and lifestyle tips. The app can also be Synchronised with fitness trackers and paired with the OneTouch Verio Flex® meter to wirelessly transfer blood glucose results to the app.
The new Welch Allyn iExaminer app turns the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope into a mobile digital imaging device allowing the user to view and take pictures of the eye. It is designed to make it easier to detect conditions like retinal detachment or glaucoma The adapter aligns the optical access of the PanOptic Ophthalmoscope to the visual axis of the iPhone camera to capture high resolution pictures of the fundus and retinal nerve. The accompanying iExaminer App then allows the user to store the pictures to a patient file or email and print them. The imaging can happen anytime, anywhere!
Source: Welch Allyn
As it stands today, retrieving surgical sponges and assessing the blood loss in patients is something that is estimated, typically by nurses, with no accurate way to retrieve the sort of information the Triton Sponge app would provide.
The Triton Sponge app is is developed by Gauss Surgical for use in the operating room. Using an image processing algorithm to calculate the amount of blood lost on sponges, Triton Sponge is the world’s first and only app for real-time estimation of surgical blood loss.
This app aims to provide doctors and nurses with a way to accurately measure the amount of blood loss in surgical procedures. After taking a picture of surgical sponges used during a procedure with either an iPad or iPhone, the app computes the amount of blood loss in real-time.
Source: Gauss Surgical
AirStrip ONE is a diagnostic aid that delivers patient data from medical devices, electronic medical records and patient monitors to clinicians through a platform that enables mobile interoperability. The platform intends to connect clinicians with patient data and with other providers in order to promote care collaboration. Clinical data includes vital signs, allergies, medications, medical images and lab results with information generated from medical devices.
Source: Airstrip One
For all of you fitness enthusiasts, Strava is heaps and bounds above the rest when it comes to social fitness networks. Strava is primarily designed to track cycling, running and swimming activities, but MANY alternative activity types are available. Strava records GPS data, heart rate data and elevation data among others and displays the data in interactive graphs. Strava connects to services like Garmin's Connect app to automatically import data recorded by GPS devices One of Strava's defining features are the Segments which can be created - to allow you to compete against the rest of the world to be the king or queen of that segment. Strava Summit offers users more features, such as training packs, safety packs and analysis packs, although it costs a monthly subscription.
Health Tech Hub spoke about the importance of using mobile health as a tool to monitor one’s vital signs in a previous post. The B.O.L.T One is a perfect example of this.
The B.O.L.T One is a wireless health monitor that measures blood pressure, oxygen saturation, pulse, body temperature, blood sugar, Blood Cholesterol and Total Haemoglobin Count. This is all done with help of single-channel ECG Monitor. B.O.L.T can also track your Lung condition with help of spirometer.
B.O.L.T helps you to keep track of your vitals using a handy mobile app. The app allows you to send your measurements to healthcare professionals and loved ones on the go. B.O.L.T is arguably the future of home-based healthcare!
Source: AMI BOLT
Stroke is a silent killer. It is a surprising fact that even though stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide, up to 80% of strokes are preventable! This is where the Stroke Riskometer™ app comes in.
The Stroke Riskometer™ app is a unique and easy to use tool for assessing one’s risk of a stroke in the next five to ten years and what one can do to reduce the risk. The app can also give you an indication of one’s risk of heart attack, dementia, and diabetes.
It works by simply using 20 scientifically tested questions to determine one’s risk of stroke, as well as providing essential information on how one can reduce their chances of having a stroke.
Source: Stroke Riskometer
Accidents happen! The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in one’s hand with a simple mobile health app. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice, the app makes it easy to perform first aid..
It is fully integrated with 9-1-1 so that one can call EMS from the app at any time (USA users only)!
It works by simply using 20 scientifically tested questions to determine one’s risk of stroke, as well as providing essential information on how one can reduce their chances of having a stroke!
Source: Red Cross
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