Modern medicine: How tech will transform healthcare delivery

August 12, 2009: 8:00 AM ET

Mobile devices and new wireless networks will change the way we get well.

By Richard P. Nespola, chairman and CEO, TMNG Global

Nespola thinks mobile is the cure. Photo courtesy of TMNG Global.

Nespola thinks mobile is the cure. Photo courtesy of TMNG Global.

Inside her living room, a mother captures her autistic child's latest behavior on video using her mobile device and sends it to a team of behavior specialists for assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

A radiologist e-mails fresh X-rays of an injured All-American tight end to a sports trainer. Minutes later the trainer views the images through an application on his smartphone and informs the head coach that the star athlete can indeed make it to the playoffs in two weeks.

A family from a rural community in Iowa receives medical consultation and treatment from a specialist in a Chicago hospital 200 miles away via videoconferencing.

These scenarios share a common thread: mHealth – emerging mobile health systems that enable healthcare providers to remotely attend to the needs of patients for little cost. Mobile health systems support fast, easy, scalable and efficient care. Thanks to the technological advancements in wireless broadband -- so-called "4G" standards such as WiMax and Long Term Evolution (LTE) -- , patient care is as easy as a few taps on a smartphone. More

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