Continuous Health Monitoring using Mobile Devices

The Challenge

More must be done to identify medical problems before they become medical emergencies. Arriving changes in medical care reimbursement place great importance on preventing hospital readmissions for chronic conditions. More than ever, health care providers need to stay connected to their patients’ status over and above what can achieved with scheduled office visits.

A Promising Solution

Continuous Health Monitoring can provide the technologies and services to meet these demands. Fortunately, these needs come at a time when innovators are delivering the tools required to do so successfully, and in a cost-effective manner. 

In particular, today’s smartphones and tablet computers offer a promising and affordable delivery option. The intuitive interface allows for user-friendly interactions with both the patient and provider. Robust processing power can easily manage communication requirements and power helpful analytics and analysis. Their persistent data connections and mobile form-factor means the patient never has to leave their monitoring environment. 

An ever expanding array of health monitoring devices are being approved by the FDA. Many now employ the Bluetooth Smart standard, allowing them to be smaller and mobile-friendly, and powered sometimes for months on a single watch battery. By transmitting data wirelessly to the available smartphone or tablet computer, they allow for a truly seamless and unobtrusive experience.

Continuous Health Monitoring must be provided in a manner than guarantees patient privacy. Unlike browser applications coupled with cloud-based databases, applications developed using the device’s native framework can offer these services without transmission of patient identifying information.