Mobile Phones:Knowledge Tool?
Mobile Phones:Knowledge Tool ?
The other day we talked about mobile phone use mostly in the communicable diseases and acute conditions in developing countries.
The mobile phone technology offers solutions for multiple day to day problems, communication probably being still the primary one. Knowledge sharing is becoming the next primary function of Mobile phones. From Asia to North America and from poorest to the richest, from the communicable disease sufferers in developing world to the non communicable disease effected patients in the High income countries ,mobile phones are becoming more and more useful in reducing this suffering, economically and effectively following the one simple principle , Knowledge is the most effective medicine.
The Mother and Child health and Education trust, Hong Kong is a registered charity which has started Healthphone.org with a mission to affect the high mortality and morbidity rates for the most vulnerable group i.e. Mother and child in the countries of Asia and Africa.
Health phone.org is helping people in the developing world by just doing this because in resource scarce settings economic factors play even bigger role in addition to the problems of infrastructure and skilled manpower. Health phone provides free of cost high quality videos to be downloaded on mobile phones in astonishing 40 different languages ranging from Swahili to Marathi. These videos range from Health Education to HIV and breast-feeding to Diarrhea to Disaster relief to education for girls and boys. Health Phone’s health and nutrition content is scripted on knowledge prepared jointly by UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, WFP and The World Bank. It addresses the main areas of health concern. This content is pre-loaded on popular low-cost models of mobile phones – no signal is required, no need to download videos and other media. Users choose what they want to watch and listen to and when, wherever they happen to be.
The mobile phones can be of immense use for Non communicable disease treatment also. Most Canadians have at least one risk factor for chronic disease that is within their power to change. Making healthy choices will not only reduce your risk of disease, it will also make you feel better. Few of the proved interventions are:
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a balanced diet
- Avoid smoking or second-hand smoke
- Reduce stress
In case you developed non communicable diseases you need to take single or multiple drugs for a longer period ranging from months to lifelong. Forgetting medicines especially when you have to take them more than one and 2-3 times a day is very common. So you need to record your medicines because:
- Keeping an up-to-date record of your medicines helps you, your loved ones and your healthcare team members have complete information about your medicines
- It is very important to record exactly how you take your medicines (including whether or not you are taking them as directed)
- Knowing how you take your medicines helps everyone involved to make correct decisions about your care
- Having a medication record can also be helpful at times when you might not be able to remember your medications, for example in an emergency
- Medication records can help you to remember to take your medicines safely each day at the scheduled times
Help is at hands, MyMedRec is a portable up to date health record that can be easily shared with your family, doctor, nurse, pharmacist or anyone else involved in your healthcare. It keeps track of the medicines that you and your family members are taking and many other elements related to your health. Use it to remind you when to take a dose and when to refill your prescription. With MyMedRec all of your important health information is saved in one easily accessible place.
MyMedRec is designed by Canada’s leading health care associations as a safe and smart way to help one get the most out of one’s medicines.
Up-to-date medication list with you at all times
2.Multiple Patient Profiles
Easy access to your and your loved one’s health information
Reminds you to take your medications on time and when they need to be refilled
Keep your healthcare team, family etc. up-to-date by sending them information directly
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The app can be downloaded for free from: