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Facebook, Smartphones Are Now Valuable in Healthcare


14 Facebook, Smartphones Are Now Valuable in Healthcare

Facebook, Smartphones in Healthcare

Telemedicine, which makes it possible for medical professionals to communicate, diagnose and even treat their patients remotely is now very possible thanks to advances in information technology. It makes it possible for healthcare employees to securely connect to patients in inaccessible places of the world and leads to offering better timed responses for patients in lots of situations. New studies suggest that the famous social networking site, Facebook, and smart phone use could make telemedicine even more fashioned and valuable in healthcare.

Agostino Giorgio of the Politecnico di Bari, Italy, has pointed out that, for many patients, telemedicine can lead to fewer clinic visits, however it additionally provides central services that may otherwise be unavailable. Hearts monitoring remotely done and different diagnostic instruments are getting quite common. Now, Giorgio has developed smartphone software, a utility or “app,” that connects patients and doctors via the social networking web site Facebook, although it would be tailored to work with an additional networking method.

Care-App in Healthcare

The Care-App makes it possible for confidential and secure verbal exchange between the health practitioners and patient as well as supplying a remedy diary for the sufferer; it also includes the rescue name and hospital search and booking utility. Video connectivity makes the visit private but additionally makes it possible for a sufferer to show the healthcare professional some signs or issues.


There is also the option to make use of a “tele-stethoscope” device that connects to the smartphone headphone jack and can be provided to the sufferer or their carer. Giorgio and colleagues within the Cardiology department have already confirmed and validated a tele-stethoscope with this app. Other gadgets similar to blood-oxygen saturation and pulse monitors, electrocardiogram and thermometer might also be used together with the smartphone or in some circumstances simply via the video connection or a verbal or textual reporting of temperature.

According to Giorgio, The patient also may use the Facebook share button or private message button, to send the doctor any other kind of information he may acquire and store with its own smart phone, concerning its own health status. Care-app manages all these steps, apps and operations, performed by the doctor and by the patient during the remote medical visit.

Care-app is written in HTML5/Java, and so should work on any running process with all devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other computer systems.

Giorgio further added, The app offers patients frequent and easy check-up in the privacy of the home and by avoiding expensive hospitalization.  This could permit a significant saving of the healthcare expenses and an improvement of the quality of chronic patient’s life.

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