I recently read Eric Topol’s book The Creative Destruction of Medicine. In his book, Topol discusses the profound impact of technology and big data on the future of healthcare. This book is easy to read and absolutely fascinating. I highly recommend it!
Himself a cardiologist, Topol writes about an interesting new technology called AliveCor. AliveCor is a heart monitor that attaches to a smartphone. It converts electrical impulses from an individual’s finger tips to record an EKG! How fascinating is that? This information can be sent wirelessly to a provider’s office. If only we had a mental health version of an EKG...
I think that there is a great opportunity in smart phone technology. The U.S. Census Bureau (2013) reports that 71.7% of American households access the Internet through a personal computer whereas 68% access the Internet through a smartphone. Notably, the use of smartphones to access the Internet is growing substantially compared to the use of a personal computer (U.S Census Bureau, 2013). Mobile technology certainly can overcome barriers to access and may empower patients to make positive behavior changes. According the Journal of the American Heart Association, “Mobile health provides the opportunity to improve access to health promotion interventions and has the unique advantage of being able to influence health behaviors in real‐time” (Beatty, Fukuoka, & Whooley, 2013).