Running head: MOBILE COMPUTING AND SOCIAL NETWORKING
Mobile Computing and Social Networking
Dr. Ave K. Kludze, Jr
Mobile computing has dramatically changed how information is accessed and shared. Wireless networking has been an enabler of mobile computing. One profession that mobile computing has had a big impact on is health care management. Patients are now able to monitor their vital signs such as blood pressure, glucose levels, etc. without having to periodically visit a doctor’s office or hospital.
Compare and contrast monitoring of patient vital signs using mobile computing technology to in-patient visits to the doctor’s office or hospital. With the ...view middle of the document...
It can also lead to complications if patients, and healthcare providers, don't follow the guidelines. Initially there were 13 guidelines incorporated into the COSTAR program to set as a reminder for physicians to perform specific screening and preventive measures. As a result of the physician's compliance, their practices improved significantly. Some other examples of how mobile computing systems immensely helped improve preventive patient care are the Regensrief Medical Record System (RMRS). This particular system can store over 30 years of patient data from different emergency room visits, hospital stays, lab test results, clinical visits, and radiology studies. It is set up to generate flow sheets and reminders as well as capture physician’s orders. By receiving computer reminders during clinical visits, the computer identifies specific patients needing certain preventive care. According to Kass-Bartimes & Ortiz (2002), “when compared to healthcare professionals that didn't receive feedback reports or computer reminders, healthcare professionals who did receive such reports often ordered more preventive care measures, had a higher rate of pneumococcal vaccinations, increase their compliance for different cancer screenings, an increase their overall compliance from 10% to 15% (p. 3).
Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile computing technology to monitor patients. Using mobile computing technologies to monitor patients remotely has greatly improved the quality of life and has many benefits that patients experience when they are in the comfort of their own home as opposed to a hospital setting. The devices are important for patients that suffer from different types of chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, and kidney failure. According to Christian Kirsch, an employee at IBM Global Technology Services (2007), “the mobile monitoring of medical parameters such as blood pressure, glucose levels, weight, and peak airflow can be increased by technology that monitors the patient's compliance with the difference drug regimes to ensure they obtain the maximum quality of life with minimal disruptive impacts” (p.1). Another advantage is an iPhone application (app) that is used to recognize patients vital signs any time. The app allows patients to provide a starting point each time and build a database that could allow for improved detection of diseases. The only disadvantage to this health detection device would be for patients that do not have high technology devices such as iPhones and IPads. They would have to substitute other Droid and smart phones that are adaptable to the app. In order to accurately verify the data on the devices, standard medical equipment is used such as breathing rate, heart rate, and oxygen content (Beleberda, 2012).
Assess the security concerns with regard to the transmission of personal medical information over wireless...