Healthcare is a rapidly progressing sector, not only when it comes to researching future treatments and cures for diseases, but also in the way it addresses preventative medicine.
Society is increasingly interested in the everyday decisions they make and how they impact their future health, and this awareness coupled with technological advancement in the smartphone industry has resulted in some incredible trends in 2017.
Preventative Medicine & Technology
The primary goal of preventative medicine is, as the term suggests, to prevent diseases from developing through a combination of healthy lifestyle and behaviors that would result in avoiding the development or progression of illnesses.
Preventing the onset of illness is arguably even more important as treating them once they develop. Since so many health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure are a result of habit and lifestyle, many lives can be saved if more emphasis was made on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
To help encourage healthier lifestyles many tech companies have invested heavily in revolutionary apps and games that not only help with physical ailments, but can also prevent mental ones!
Treating Progressive Diseases with Games
Not only can games and engaging applications help ease users into a healthy lifestyle, but they can also assist in regular medication and reduce the adverse effects of progressive cognitive illnesses.
Memory games for example have been proven to not only sharpen the mind, but they can also prevent cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s. Games where you need to keep track of different activities, Getting a daily dose of brain games is an excellent and proactive approach to preventing many age-related cognitive problems.
An incredible app that can be found on both the iOS and Android Play stores is Lumosity, which is not only 100% free but is played by over 60 million people worldwide. The games are designed to help players focus on certain elements while also solving complex tasks using a combination of memory and logic.
Aside from brain exercises, considering the massive percentage of diseases that are caused by poor diet and sedentary lifestyles, there are also a lot of fitness apps on the market that have the potential to change and, in extreme cases, save lives.
MyFitnessPal is just one of the may fantastic apps that help people not only track their caloric intake, but you can also check your sugar and cholesterol consumption if you struggle with high blood pressure or diabetes.
Another fantastic app is Mango Health, that is not only a dietary tracking app but it also helps users keep track of their prescriptions. The app not only reminds users to follow healthy habits and track their medication, but it also includes brain games and is 100% free to download.
“The Mango Health app reminds patients when it’s time to take their medication and records each dose. It also automatically alerts users to potentially dangerous interactions between medications and supplements or with food and drink … But it’s the game component that sets the app apart.”
– The Los Angeles Times
Gamification is just one of the positive effects of mobile technology on healthcare in recent months, and developers have also invested time into developing ways to help people reach medical professional help through their smartphones and tablets.
Improving Healthcare Access with Mobile Apps
Exercise and diet tracking apps are excellent tools that help prevent a multitude of health complications and assist weight loss or maintenance. However, another great way technology has contributed to the world of preventative medicine is by improving healthcare access.
The latest stream of healthcare apps involves connecting users who may live in remote areas or have troubles physically visiting a doctor for consultations. Health Tap and Doctor on Demand for example are apps that allow users to have video consultations with doctors without leaving their homes, and is an excellent way for users to check in with a doctor when they have limited mobility or transport options.
While this solution is by no means a substitute for regular checkups, it is a fantastic way to help patients discuss symptoms or concerns with doctors in an accessible manner before they escalate into serious health issues.