Whether it is an app that can measure one's breathing rate or a digital platform for consulting with physicians, the October 2017 health trends make clear that technology is radically altering the way consumers seek care for both minor and major issues.
One way in which technology is changing healthcare is by helping those who live in remote communities consult with medical professionals who they might not otherwise have access to. For instance, the Mfine platform allows patients to check in with their doctor virtually, meaning they do not have to be anywhere near a clinic or hospital in order to receive a medical assessment.
Another way in which healthcare is shifting with the advent of new technology is with the rise of personalized diagnostic tools. This means that diagnostic tools are no longer reserved for physicians, but can now be used directly by patients. One such example is the Welb device that measures heart and breathing rates, and then relays the information directly to the user's smartphone.
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