mHealth: Closing the Distance

Enabling those who live outside of cities to receive better healthcare.

By on October 9, 2012

In recent years, mobile technology, coupled with high-speed 4G LTE networks, has transformed the healthcare industry, changing the way healthcare providers communicate with patients and how researchers collect essential medical information. Mobile health, or mHealth, connects patients in rural areas with doctors and helps physicians provide better care through remote patient monitoring.  

Traveling to the doctor’s office for an in-person consultation may be difficult for those in isolated locations or for senior citizens who have difficulty traveling. Mobile video communication technology, like the Healthcare Access Tablet from BL Healthcare, can help solve these issues. This 4G LTE-enabled tablet has an interactive touch screen and a built-in webcam to allow doctors and patients to engage in video conferences, ensuring someone in a remote area can connect with a specialist in a major metropolitan hospital.

New technologies, like InTouch RP-Xpress, allow doctors to remotely monitor patients’ vitals. This portable telemedicine device, enabled by the 4G LTE network, lets doctors monitor a patient’s vital signs, such as blood pressure and heart rate, or stream a live consultation remotely with a built-in camera that has dual audio options for team or private communications.

In a medical emergency, transmitting information quickly and efficiently can make all the difference. In Motion Technology’s onBoard Mobile Gateway is used in ambulances to securely connect laptops, tablets, electrocardiograms (EKGs), Electronic Patient Care Reporting systems and webcams over 4G LTE, improving communication for emergency responders and allowing data to be analyzed while in transit to the hospital. 

Today’s innovative technologies and advanced networks are bridging distances and solving the most important factor in healthcare: time.