Mobile technology proves to be a game-changer for health care. The ubiquity of mobile phones and growing health needs make “mHealth” an affordable and easily accessible alternative to traditional healthcare. Advanced mHealth applications include telemedicine, sophisticated diagnostics through attachments plugged into smartphones, personalized services and self-monitoring. Governments address security and privacy risks arising from the growth of mHealth.
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Smart Hearing Aids
ReSound LiNX, a part of Apple’s Made for iPhone Hearing Aids program, is a smart hearing aid that lets users customize settings based on the places they visit (restaurant, home) and their associated noise levels and remembers the setting for the future.
Source: “An iPhone-Connected Hearing Aid That Will Make Everyone Want One,” Fast Coexist, http://www.fastcoexist.com/3031102/an-iphone-connected-hearing-aid-that-will-make-everyone-want-one.
Apps such as PulsePoint and Good Sam allow anyone with a smartphone to quickly locate trained first aiders and dispatch them to nearby medical emergencies. In the future this technology will integrate with emergency services systems. When 911 or other emergency services receive a call for help, the apps will automatically locate first aiders in the surrounding area, alert them and ask if they can respond. Responders could be citizens with first-aid training or police officers, fire officers and paramedics who might use the app when they are off duty.