Online Safety Community

Handheld Medical Devices - The Next Revolution in Healthcare?

Introduction

Handheld devices are light-weight and compact devices that can be operated holding it in your hands. Handheld medical devices are available for medical information, used by physicians, and medical diagnosis, used by both physicians and patients.

 

Handheld medical devices resemble a personal digital assistant (PDA) or other similar devices with hardware and software capable of diagnosing medical conditions, storing prescription and laboratory information. They are powered by batteries and are powerful enough to replace many bulky standard medical devices conventionally used in healthcare facilities.

 

Handheld medical devices can revolutionize healthcare as they have the potential to lower overall healthcare costs, encourage self-monitoring and improve physician-patient communications. This leads to patients more actively involving in their own healthcare.

 

Usage & Applications

The basic handheld medical devices are digital medical dictionaries that also include signs, symptoms, alerts, laboratory and diagnostic studies, and treatment procedures for various medical conditions. They help physicians avoid fatal or critical mistakes by alerting them to contraindicated medical treatments or possible medication interactions for certain medical conditions.

 

Handheld medical devices are excellent tools for physicians to make differential diagnosis and to suggest prescription medications based on the diagnosis. However, they cannot completely replace diagnostic studies and physical examination of the patient.

 

Claros Diagnostics has developed a handheld device called mChip, which tests for prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases by performing intricate medical tests using a microchip. It uses a drop of blood from the patient and produces accurate results within quarter of an hour, drastically reducing the time and diagnostic analysis required in conventional systems.

 

Mobile phones, especially Smartphone’s, are quickly replacing traditional handheld medical devices. Smartphone’s are coming equipped with a variety of medical apps (software programs) and specialized accessories making handheld medical devices even more pervasive while further cutting down the cost of personal healthcare. This technology is known as mobile health or simply mHealth.

 

Risks & Drawbacks

Although handheld medical devices seem to revolutionize healthcare in myriad ways, care must be taken by patients not to be their own doctor especially given the amount of accurate information at their disposal. Similarly, physicians should guard against excessive dependence on such devices in their practice as they still cannot completely replace traditional healthcare approaches and medical diagnosis.

 

GlobalCompliancePanel

161 Mission Falls Lane, Suite 216, Fremont, CA 94539, USA.

Website: http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/

Phone: +1-800-447-9407 

Fax: 302 288 6884

Mail: support@globalcompliancepanel.com 

Views: 58

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I have heard about similar technology which was termed as Body Area Network. It consists of small electronic devices which can be implanted in the human body. These devices will keep track of all vital information about the patient and act accordingly.

________________

Fire Safety Risk Assessment

RSS

Take our poll!

Take our poll!

Latest Activity

Training Doyens posted events
2 hours ago
kate smith posted a blog post

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as a means to build Greater Team Effort

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is considered the world's most popular personality test. The main reason for its popularity is the empathetic and comprehensive nature it takes. Many organizations, as well as important social areas such as family, marriage, and career counseling continue to deploy it for the in-depth perspective it offers the assessor in understanding the assessee.Generally, when we assess others; we fail to take the unique situation that led them to taking a decision…See More
2 hours ago
Adam Fleaming posted a blog post

When SSARS does and does not Apply to Preparation Engagements

The Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) is a section of the professional standards set out by The American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), seeking to review earlier standards for reviewing and compiling financial statements and setting out the terms of engagement between the CPA’s and the parties. This section has…See More
22 hours ago
John Robinson shared their discussion on Twitter
22 hours ago

Forum

Risk Management Solutions

Risk is defined as the potential hazard, harm or side effect of an activity. Almost all activities come with some or another form of risk, which needs to be mitigated or eliminated. Risk management…Continue

Tags: risk, Banking, management, healthcare, Process

Started by John Robinson 22 hours ago.

Occupational Health and Safety 4 Replies

Health and safety are important aspects of an organisation’s smooth and effective functioning.  Did you know that workplace health & safety injuries cost Australian businesses over $60 billion…Continue

Tags: Safety, and, Health, Occupational

Started by WHS Solutions. Last reply by John Robinson yesterday.

Introduction to PEGA-PRPC

Pega/PRPC is a popular rules engine and BPM tool from Pega systems that is gaining good market share among large corporations. Architects and developers build the Pega/PRPC instance while…Continue

Tags: training, course, online, pega

Started by Soujanya Naganuri Oct 6.

Introduction to PEGA-PRPC

Pega/PRPC is a popular rules engine and BPM tool from Pega systems that is gaining good market share among large corporations. Architects and developers build the Pega/PRPC instance while…Continue

Tags: training, course, online, pega

Started by Soujanya Naganuri Oct 6.

Introduction to PEGA-PRPC

Pega/PRPC is a popular rules engine and BPM tool from Pega systems that is gaining good market share among large corporations. Architects and developers build the Pega/PRPC instance while…Continue

Tags: training, course, online, pega

Started by Soujanya Naganuri Oct 6.

Badge

Loading…

© 2017   Created by Safety Community.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service