Mobile Phones in Healthcare

23 May

Cell phone are increasingly becoming a more integrated part of our daily lives. We use them to stay connected with friends, family, and business associates. The increased use of text messaging has even become an option in many of the requirements I design for our clients patient portals. As we come to absorb more of what our vendors (banks, food establishments, ecommerce) can offer us through we web is is only logical that society comes to accept the concept of accessing your personal health records (PHR) through the cell phone as well.

Cell phone based web browsing doesn’t seem to have evolved much in the past 12 years since we first saw businesses develop WAP enabled web pages for tiny monochromatic screens. OK…There is the iPhone but the mobile Safari browser seems to be light years ahead of the competition in terms of providing a truly usable mobile browsing solution for the average person. But we can probably speculate that simliar mobile browsing technologies will step-up to offer similar solutions. So as we think about a technology that is always at hand and the applications increasingly become available to acutually use the web not just display bits and pieces of it the concept of providing applications like your portable health record becomes more plausible.

Dispite the best efforts of Google and Microsoft, among others to offer PHR solutions for the average user I think the average consumer is will come to realize the benifit of having a truly portable medical record at hand if they need quick access to specific medical data such as medication dosages, allergies, PCP information, current problem list.

We are a mobile society and always on the move which means we may not always have our critical data with us when we need it. However, if it was securely stored on a device such as a cell phone which we always carry with us it could prove very valuable to a clinician or ER physician who is treating you and needs rapid access to your health history.

Airlines are now talking about reading bar codes from passenger cell phones to process their online boarding passes. I think it would be pretty easy to have a similar solution available to ER physicans that can simply display your 2 or three dimentional bar code and reference your clinical data. Even if it is not a mobile web based or platform specific application running on a mobile phone a small 3-D barcoded sticker on the back of the mobile device would provide all the reference information a healthcare institution would need to pull up your data in a hurry.

4 Responses to Mobile Phones in Healthcare


Kayla Hernandez

May 20th, 2010 at 12:04 am

sometimes it i have a hard time selecting which mobile phone to buy. there are too many options to choose from.’`:


Austin Cook

July 26th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Apple can also make phones that are much better than what Nokia can bring.:.~


Alexander Hall

September 12th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

i guess mobile phones in the future will feature more processing power and great graphics~`;


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October 13th, 2010 at 4:49 am

when it comes to mobile phones, i always buy the ones made by nokia-“~

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