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Mobile Computing and Social Networking

Introduction
With the many advancements in mobile technology, the health care industry has been able to utilize this technology to enhance the quality of the services they provide. Thus the birth of wireless medical patient monitoring.
Monitoring Patient Vital Signs via Mobile Computing Versus In-Patient Visits
Mobile monitoring of patient vital signs has become more popular than ever. Imagine being able to monitor your blood pressure, glucose levels (diabetes), your body temperature and many others using mobile technologies that have surfaced today. I remember when a patient would have to make a trip to the doctor’s office to have their vital signs taken. Now vital signs can be recorded and stored onto a mobile device, uploaded to a database that can be accessed by the doctor’s office. Storing vital sign stats on mobile devices is light years ahead of having a person physically take those vital have to enter them on a chart and then enter them into a computer system. The mobile technology also saves time by allowing instant access to the data instead of waiting hours.
Patients are able to take advantage of the new smartphones and can monitor their own vitals and also have a digital record they can share with the doctor anytime. They are also able to chat real-time with the doctor of the doctor’s office in case there is a question that needs to be raised or addressed. Mobile technologies has helped patient buy into the concept of preventative care. The patients seem to get more involved when they have some sort of control over their information. The technology has not only been popular with patients but hospitals are also beginning to utilize this same technology and are able to monitor outpatient’s vitals. Hospitals can keep...

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... and in the workplace. While there are disadvantages with regard to security, access, and storage, the advantages seem to take a precedent over the disadvantages and offer the patients more knowledge, better relationships with their doctors.

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