Mobile technology is making life easier in many ways, from web-based email software to games that help pass the time. A number of health-based applications have recently been developed to turn smartphones and tablets into fitness and well-being monitors and trackers, and these new developments can help both private home care professionals and those living with elderly parents watch over a senior individual's health.
Helen Zhou and Tim Roberts of the School of Electrical Engineering at Manukau Institute of Technology in New Zealand have developed a mobile medical device that attaches to phones or other Bluetooth-enabled technology. Not only can it collect information such as heart rate and blood pressure, the data can be viewed remotely by another web-enabled phone or tablet.
Mobile healthcare technology is expanding both at home and in the medical industry as new opportunities for data sharing and instant access become available.
"As mobile devices and applications have become more user-friendly, affordable and powerful, the appeal to businesses of all types, including healthcare providers, has grown exponentially," noted Tim Herbert, vice president of research at CompTIA.
At least half of healthcare workers are using a smartphone at work, according to CompTIA research, and about one-quarter use a tablet.