Everyone knows that mobile phones (and devices in general) have become one of the most important things in our lives. We use them for entertainment, to stay in touch with people we care about and as of lately, they have become our main tool in obtaining information (since January 2015, there have been officially more internet browsers from mobile devices than from computers). However, have you ever wondered if there is a way in which you phone can help you improve your life in some other way, like for example make you happier. The answer to this inquiry is yes, and here are some ways in which you can make it all possible.
Benefits of medical apps
Everyone knows that there has been an increased amount of medical phone apps emerging in the last several years. Some tend to dispute this trend claiming that an application can never replace a real doctor, but even they must admit that they have some advantages. For starters, some people simply cannot afford adequate healthcare whereas most of these applications are several times less expensive than even the cheapest doctor’s appointment. Furthermore, unlike a real doctor, a medical app is always at hand.
Overcoming fear of hospitals
Some people (a surprising number of them) have a fear of hospitals present on some level. Sure, not everyone has nosocomephobia, but just enough of a disdain to prevent them from going there unless it is an emergency. Even though these institutions are there for their benefit only, people often associate them with pain, fear and illnesses rather than their absolution and cure. This is what prevents a lot of people from seeking medical attention at the hospital, even when they may clearly need it. Still, today it is possible to get yourself an online doctor consultation and speak to a trained medical expert in the comfort of your own home.
All over the globe
Most experts agree that one of the best traits of using phones for medical purposes is the chance to elevate the quality of healthcare on a global level. As you can probably guess, seeing how all of this takes place online, there is no difference if the patient is in California, Africa or the Antarctica. What this also means is that you can now choose your physician based on his or hers credentials and personal preference and not be restricted by your geographical location. Sure, if there is an emergency, you go to the nearest ER, there is no question about it, but for all the rest, your phone will have you covered.
Finally, some of you may ask the question – why now. We have has the internet for several decades now, and it is not like we are new to video calls or mobile phones, so how come no one has figured this out sooner. Well, the answer is quite simple, sensor technology wasn’t that sophisticated. Today, with the highest possible camera resolution, highest sensitivity touch screen technology and even improved microphones, your phone is able to detect most of the symptoms a regular doctor could. There are those who claim that this technology is quite unreliable, but even with a choice of doctor you are taking a lot of chances. After all, it is in human nature to make errors, while machines just do what they are told.
As you can see, our phones have come a long way in improving our lives and they will continue doing so indefinitely. Sure, there is some skepticism about this, but such is the case with every new thing that appears. Given enough time, who knows, this mobile involvement might be one of the greatest things that has happened to medicine since Fleming’s discovery of penicillin.