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mHealth: Connecting Medical Technology

Imagine a world where an individual has an MRI for some ongoing pain. A radiologist reviews the results, and makes notes in a patient’s Electronic Health Record about things that were observed. At a follow up appointment two weeks later, a nurse records some vitals and enters more data about patient symptoms into a connected, portable medical tablet. Several days later, while exercising, the patient’s wearable health monitor instantly uploads heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, and other data directly to their Electronic Health Record profile. Because of the wealth of data and a great deal of computing power, the Electronic Health Record system instantly recognizes a group of symptoms that match a potentially life threatening condition. Nurses are notified, who contact the patient, and schedule them for emergency testing. A life is saved without the need for anyone to ever even get sick. (more…)