Most of us no longer need to walk into a bank to pay a bill or visit a shop to buy a new outfit – it can all be done online. But we still travel to the doctor’s office—and wait (and wait) to be treated. For now.
A growing number of healthcare providers, software developers and entrepreneurs are focusing on mobile health, or mHealth, improving patient care through mobile devices. At its simplest this means enabling devices, such as body sensors, smart watches or specialised apps on smart phones, to gather information about ourselves in real-time, which can then be sent to a doctor for review.