Health care providers are trying to get more people to adopt mobile devices.
A survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM) shows that just 10 percent of consumers would buy a tablet or smartphone for their health care needs.
The survey found that most consumers said they don’t have a smartphone, or a tablet, or both.
The NCAM’s survey also found that consumers don’t see tablets and smartphones as the most important health care devices.
This suggests that a more comprehensive approach to providing health care for people in underserved communities needs to be developed, says Dr. Joseph Hsieh, director of the Center for Community Health Research at the University of Maryland.
“There’s a need for a strategy for getting more people into the health care arena,” Hsiet says.
“But in order to do that, we need to have a better understanding of the health and economic needs of these populations and then move towards a solution that works for them.”
Hsiek believes that mobile devices offer an excellent opportunity for improving the health of people with diabetes.
He says that for the first time, mobile devices can help people get the most out of diabetes treatment.
Hsied said that one of the primary goals of his research is to determine whether mobile devices like the Fitbit and the Samsung Galaxy are really the best options for people with Type 1 diabetes, which affects around 40 million people in the U.S. “Mobile devices have the potential to significantly reduce the cost of diabetes care for these populations, especially for the poorest of the poor, because these devices are more affordable than traditional medical devices,” Hsieh says.
Hsiyh and Hsiechs colleagues hope that the study’s findings will lead to a more holistic approach to diabetes care.
Hsuyh says that mobile-enabled devices like Fitbits and Galaxy can help improve people’s quality of life and also reduce their diabetes risks.
For people with low-risk diabetes, such as those with Type 2, the most cost-effective device is a cane, which is usually about $10 to $15 per day, he says.
In contrast, a smartphone costs about $60 to $100 per day.
Hsing and Hsing also say that a mobile device with a camera can help the diabetes community get the information it needs to better care for their patients.
Hsin Hsing is an assistant professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s School of Public Health.
Hsung and his colleagues at the School of Medicine are developing a mobile-based diagnostic tool that could be used to improve quality of care for diabetes patients, including in the developing world.
Hsien Hsing says that diabetes care in developing countries is often “very complex,” with the most common conditions being hyperglycemia, hypertension and dyslipidemia.
Hsong and his team have designed an app to allow people to conduct a health and lifestyle assessment using a mobile phone or tablet, which can then be analyzed for signs and symptoms.
“It allows you to analyze your diabetes risk, identify your risk factors, identify what you need to do, and then determine what you can do,” Hsing explains.
“We think it’s a really exciting development for diabetes.”
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