Future of Health Care?
There is a change going on in how we treat health issues. For a long period of time, you would have to go to a physician. This is time consuming and costs a lot of money. This is changing by eHealth. This is a very broad term, it comes down to “the usage of new online and communication technology to improve health and healthcare.” In most cases this comes down to chatsessions with trained physicians and healthcare apps.
There are numerous examples already as this industry is now entering the growth stage in product life cycle stage. There is for example an app called Robbin which helps women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. This is a devastating experience for most women. This app allows women to find fellow sufferers to help each other with sharing experience and supporting each other in these bad times. Also it provides exercises and insights from positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy. These exercises and insights have been proven to reduce stress and depression.
There are a lot of advantages. The cost of health can drop significantly as the physician is no longer needed or can help more patients at the same time. Also it will be easier for people to find help if they need it as they can decide the time and location of the treatment. This medium also provides its users anonymity.
There are some disadvantages. The credibility of the security is sometimes at issue, everyone can make an app. As well the privacy and confidentiality of the users will be at stake.
What about you? Will you trust an app for your treatment or will you only trust your physician?
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