MOBILE TECH: PRACTICE MEDICINE FROM
MINITURIZATION, MICROELECTRONICS, WIRELESS SENSORS,
BROADBAND COMBINE FOR MOBILE TECH
As per Wikipedia, Mobile Technology is a collective term used to describe the various types of cellular communication technology. In Mobile Healthcare, we are generally talking about Smartphones when speaking about Mobile Medicine, and cellular communication technology.
On this page, we will discuss the actual technology behind Mobile phones, both present and future, to give the reader an idea of how it works, and where the technology is going. The actual uses of Mobile phones in a medical setting will be discussed on the Smart Phone page.
Of course, the Mobile Phone is wireless. There are various ways in which the Mobile Phone is able to leverage the power of the internet for healthcare purposes.
Short for Wireless Fidelity, which connects users to the internet without cables or date cards. Usable to connect to internet through browser. Limited to an area, that provides the WiFi.
The next big thing in mobile technology, or 4G. WiMax far surpasses the 30-metre wireless range of a conventional Wi-Fi, and is more powerful
The newest versions allows for faster data transmission, allowing communication within a short distance with external peripherals, and external sensors, which is a VERY important feature in Mobile Healthcare. Security is also better with this mobile technology.
Faster surfing is in the future, as well as the ability to interact through videochat, and videoconferencing. In the iPhone, this is done with an App called “FaceTime“. Very good way for curbside consults, and added dimension for healthcare worker communication.
Widgets allow the Mobile phone to perform certain tasks, i.e., take notes, dictation, etc.
Large, memory-eating programs are able to be installed on a Hospital-based server, or “The Cloud”. Allows a small Mobile phone to have use of state-of-the-art remote programs. Also, allows the remote placement of a rigorous heavy memory security system, which protects the Mobile phone user.
Allows to track exact location of Mobile Phone
Allow access to many medically-useful programs, to leverage the power of the Mobile Phone