There was a time when one always had to see a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment. However, in just the past five years, healthcare delivery has changed. With the availability of digital devices like tablets and smartphones, medicine has gone hi-tech. Today, many hospitals have apps that provide direct information to the patient. The smartphones are now being loaded with ample medical information that is readily available with a click of a button. The days of physically going to a doctor for every complaint are over.
With the revolution in smartphone technology, there are tools that can track heart rate and rhythm, monitor symptoms of a mental health disorder and even tell you if the blood sugar levels are low or high. Smartphones have many benefits for the population – they can
- cut costs of a doctor's visit,
- speed up pace of care
- provide more autonomy and power to the patient.