1. The smartphone
Although not new, the smartphone’s potential is yet to be realised in health and care. Efforts to curate quality apps, for example through an NHS app library, have had little success. Sophisticated apps can fit into health services. Ginger.io offers people with depression or anxiety problems the ability to track their mood and share data with clinicians to offer interventions.
Smartphones can serve as the hub for new diagnostic and treatment technologies. Some people with type 1 diabetes, dissatisfied with medical technology companies’ progress, are driving forward the development of an artificial pancreas.
Their ubiquity also makes them ideal to gather large amounts of data to improve understanding of disease at a population level. BigPD is a project seeking to sign up 100,000 people to track their health and develop new insights into Parkinson’s disease.Read More On www.theguardian.com
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