Mobile Computing and Social Networking

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Mobile Computing and Social Networking
Student: Kristopher Bryant
Professor: Dr. Edwin R. Otto
Course Title: Information Systems Decision Making
Date: August 18, 2012

Being healthy is one of our greatest assets that people take for granted when experiencing good health and one that is missed when experiencing illness. Anstett (2012) states that “employers all over the country, from big companies to city governments, increasingly are offering workplace health insurance policies that reward or penalize employees for progress on personal health goals.” It is important in our work lives and personal lives that we have good health and even better healthy habits. Doctors and nurses are becoming in need more as we age and encounter more diseases; so much so that the ability to has access to our medical records and current status can be the difference between an enjoyable life and one filled with constant visits to the doctor’s office or clinics. Monitoring the vital signs of patients is changing dramatically thanks to the mobile computing technology. According to Lewis of Information Week (2012), “the U.S. market for advanced patient monitoring systems has grown from $3.9 billion in 2007 to $8.9 billion in 2011 and is forecast to reach $20.9 billion by 2016, according to a study by Kalorama Information. Efforts to reduce costs in healthcare, avoid emergency room overcrowding, and prepare for a growing number of elderly patients in the years to come are a few of the drivers for the adoption of these systems.” We are living in an environment where medical information is not only important but it is needed quickly and needs to be accurate. Traditionally, people have gone to doctor’s offices in hopes of finding out what is wrong or finding that there is nothing wrong. People have been deciding when to go to the doctor and let them know how they are feeling in order for a doctor to diagnose symptoms and make recommendations for a continued healthy lifestyle. Doctors have a better predictor of what is going on with the health of the individual the more times the people are seen, but with the availability of mobile applications being able to monitor vital signs on a continuing basis this eliminates the times that doctors are not available to see a person and diagnose them. People using devices that record the vital signs such as their heart rate or blood pressure will be able to report what kind normal rates they experience in the day to day normal environment instead of going to a doctor to report your conditions when you are not feeling well or when you are scheduled to go in. Monitoring the vital signs takes the guess work out of the patient’s vital signs. Informed healthcare personnel will know what looks irregular prior to your scheduled visit. Listed below are some pros and cons of both mobile computing technology and inpatient visits: Pros of Mobile Computing Technology| Pros of Inpatient visits| Cons of Mobile Computing Technology| Cons of Inpatient visits| * Instant vital signs reporting| * Seeing and talking to a healthcare professional| * Insecurity of information on mobile device| * Waiting time for visit| * Ease of use| * Listening to recommendations| * Insurance not recognizing need and not paying for mobile service| * Being misdiagnosed| * Mobility| * House visits when necessary| * Excuse for healthcare provider not wanting to see you face to face| * Having duplicate tests performed by healthcare providers| * Affordability| * Insurance| * Slow start for less tech savvy healthcare providers| * Accuracy of records based on last visit| * Local data storage| * Hospital data storage| * Feeling of being watched and monitored| | * Ability to carry healthcare history and share with other healthcare providers| * Hospitals will transfer information at other healthcare provider’s request| * No Industry standard...
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