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Mobile Technology Saves Lives

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The time: 21st century. Help for those in need is only a mobile phone call away.

Fact: An elderly suffers a heart attack. His seven year old grandchild knows what to do because is taught to call 911 in his mobile phone. Fact: a bipolar patient is experiencing some sort of episode as a result of the medication he is taking. He dials his doctor's number and in less than an hour he is told what to do. The symptoms subside after a few adjustments in his medication and until his next visit to the psychiatrist clinic, he is good to go.

These are just a few real life incidents that display the importance of mobile techology in saving lives. But mobile technology is not only useful in health care, it is also a must for other areas of life like business and communication. In fact, the future of communication lies in mobile technology. The old models of personal computers that do not carry the cellphone applications are getting eased out of the business.

To demonstrate the value of mobile technology in health care, the Johns Hopkins Global Health Initiative is sponsoring 51 projects that study how to use mobile technology in caring for the sick. Not a few professors and more than a hundred enrolees are participating in this program. Because of the good results of this program, sometime in March 2013, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health included two subjects regarding mobile technologies into the field of health in the entire world.

The Mobile Youth

Young people who grow up in the age of mobile technology are overjoyed and overexcited in using mobile technology appropriately, and not just for social contacts, online dating, at whatnots.

While mobile technology is really useful in delivering health care to third world populations, this can only be thoroughly effective if doctors, nurses, and other health professionals are available because the workload needed in answering these calls would be tremendous if very few are capable of answering them.

This area of including mobile technology in the study and delivery of health care is comparatively new. This has yet to be tested and approved by many health organizations, especially the United Nations. It is not yet part of the mainstream health education and health care that students in medical schools are getting. These development in health care need to be carefully studied and analyzed before it gets the nod of the medical practitioners and hospitals. For one, the cost of the call and the availability of the service needed has to be studied. Long distance calls are still expensive and there are many areas where there are no signals available. These are realities that need to be faced and solved if mobile technology can be of total help to those who are in life-and-death situations.

But think of the potential mobile technology can bring to saving lives. And, for those who are in business, especially the telecommunications industry, think of the money and profits that will be generated, considering that anywhere and anytime in the world, someone or some people are in need of health services via the mobile phones.