As everyone knows, The World Health day marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). The day is celebrated with an aim to draw attention to particular priorities and global health issues. The idea is to promote good health and healthcare for all and everyone should be covered, as conveyed in the theme ‘Universal Health Coverage, everyone, everywhere’.
It said that Health is quite important for everyone of us for having a better capability to work as per the needs of the growing World. But to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to improve our overall health has become a huge challenge for everyone in today’s world. We know what’s good for us, but still, we have difficulty in changing our daily routines. We all know we need to eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and drink lots of water in order to be healthy. Many of us think we’re doing a good job of being healthy. However, most of us are not. The question is, what can we do about it? How do we motivate people to care about their own health?
We hear all the time about how technology is negatively affecting us. Would you believe us if we say that technology is good for our health? Many people believe that technology has only made us more lazy and unhealthy throughout the years. These people blame social networks, delivery services, and the TV for making us more like couch potatoes than healthy beings. However, that’s not completely true. There are a larger number of ways through which technology has made us healthier than we would be otherwise. Let’s see how:
- Currently, there are around 100,000 health applications that we can download on our mobile device, which can measure our physical activity and provide health-related advice.
- Personalized health technology is empowering us to take care of our own health.
- Cleverly designed apps and increasing applications of smart assistants are helping us to embrace an active, healthy lifestyle.
- The Internet of Caring Things (IoCT) is transforming the way we manage and control our health
- Wearable devices are becoming a part of our everyday lives and are no longer limited to being merely fitness trackers.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is developing varied applications across the different spectrums of healthcare and is transforming the way we diagnose and treat illness.
- The Internet of Caring Things (IoMT) helps to monitor, inform and notify not only caregivers but also provides healthcare providers with actual data to identify issues before they become critical & allows early invention.
All we have to do is to check and see which technologies are doing what work. Then, we will be able to see how the right technology helps in making us more fit and healthy than we ever have been. We can now even wear devices on our bodies to monitor and mitigate medical conditions, or we can use our smart-phones to track and share our workouts and collect our vital signs as part of our daily routines. Either way, technology is being used 24×7 for all round care. We’ve created an overview of technologies that leverage the benefits of connective technology to support users’ health.
Mobile Health Apps
Healthcare app not only is a perfect example of great innovation but has made life so much easier for every age group. With a few simple clicks we can track a doctor nearby our location, setup an appointment without any waiting, monitor daily activities and analyze lifestyle habits and improve our sleep quality. As an Industry leader for offering Innovative mHealth solutions, iPatientCare provides miMeds (pronounced as “my Meds”) an incredible reminder app for medications and nutritional supplements, miCalc (pronounced as “my Calc”) an app dedicated to pregnant mothers, who can take better care of themselves by analyzing vital measurements such as body mass index, body surface area, Ideal body weight, Due date by LMP, Due date by Ultrasound, and gestational age, miWater (pronounced as “my water”) lets us keep a track of how much water we have consumed in a given day. These Apps are easily available to the healthcare community and users simply need to download the App from iTunes, and the application is ready to use.
What mHealth apps can do for us?
- Enable better communications with doctor and nurses
- Provide vital information
- Track medication
- Improve medication adherence
- Locate nearest clinics/pharmacy
Nowadays we are so busy in their life, we hardly get any time to look after our health until or unless we fall ill. Keeping a healthy body doesn’t happen by chance, it requires, smart lifestyle choices, preventive care, and regular checkups. Wearable health devices are transforming how we care for our health leading to a rise in personal fitness and overall better wellness tracking. More and more people are utilizing a range of fitness and health options that were not available to them otherwise. We can now easily track our activities as well as our diet presenting a clear picture of progress and accomplishment of future health goals. What these devices do is raise an alert and/or notify our healthcare provider at the first sign of a medical problem. There are also wearable devices that help us manage stress and high blood pressure, and one that provides data by tracking our heart as it beats around 100,000 times per day, to name just a few.
What wearable devices can do for us?
- Track your daily activities
- Monitor your sleep
- Help better manage your health
- Enable to share workout or diet information
- Can be connected to multiple devices
Internet of Caring Things
As universal connectivity has become an accepted part of our everyday life, it is natural that our healthcare and how we manage our well-being should also benefit from the multitude of innovative technologies available today. The Internet of Caring Things (IoCT) has been described as a network of connected objects that serve to actively care for an individual’s physical and mental well-being, safety, security and oversight of their loved ones. By passively monitoring elderly people in our homes, IoT connected devices can alert carers and family members when something “unusual” is happening. IoCT smart sensors such as patient wearables and medical devices are connected to resources via technology that helps to detect issues in real time. A wide variety of sensors, computing devices, and analytic software are linked with IoMT, enabling application of fast-streaming data, that can further be deployed to connect patients with personalized medicine.
What IoCT can do for us?
- Facilitate speedy care
- Detect and analyze large and small health risks
- Proactive management of healthy lifestyle
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Artificial intelligence, which is the core technology behind smartphone applications, robotics, medical technology, drones, and self-driving cars is now making its mark on our health too. Artificial intelligence and the human body happens to have a symbiotic relationship. Be it intelligent chatbots for specific interactions or robotic nurses in Japan, AI is being used to make the quality of human life better.
What AI can do for us?
- Provide Intelligent personal assistants that can quickly solve minor sickness
- Lend support via Emotional intelligence Indicators
- Serve as Activity Tracking Hearing Aids
With technology, we are living in exciting times. Almost every day, a new digital advancement seems to appear making it easy and convenient for us to manage and control our health. The aim of these new technologies isn’t just to improve our activity levels. They are there to improve our overall lifestyle and help us live a healthier and more fulfilling life.