I was just perusing the mobile health news…I have been researching mobile health apps. I was reading about the huge growth of wearable devices — predicted sales of which are $50 billion by late in this decade. (http://www.businessinsider.com/wearable-technology-market-2013-5)
Whether wearable device or smartphone, it is all mobile in nature. But that is irrelevant to the end-user, and in this case, the patient and caregiver who is enabled and helped by these devices. So while the main use of these wearable devices is still health and fitness, not diagnosis, tracking or adherence, the challenge is: ok, it's cool to count the miles I ran, my EKG, compare calories, but I have a real condition — diabetes, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, how can these devices help?
Well, out of the cacophony of mobile HIT — the explosing of it actually — I found this particular application very engaging: the world's first 'pupilometer' at http://nyctm.com/. They acquire images of your pupil and runs it through a series of recognition images and a baseline, and then report back to what you might be suffering from, or if you are diagnosed,perhaps recognizing an oncoming episode that needs treatment. Connect this to a good EHR, and you could have the patient, at point-of-episode (depression, anxiety, epilepsy) record it into their master file and perhaps even get a tip or call from their doctor as an intervention, if needed.
Or, if pharma/biotech really wanted to service their customers and provide value, then a reading on the patent's phone could be a part of an adherence program and provide real value in the "beyond the pill" approach to patient loyalty and adherence.
Mobile health apps feel like the wind rushing past you in a convertible car — it seems to be going faster and faster, but at the same time the landscape is becoming blurry from so many things to look at.