Eight technologies that could change healthcare beyond recognition
1. The smartphone
Although not new, the smartphone’s potential is yet to be realised in health and care. Efforts to curate quality apps, for example through an NHS app library, have had little success. Sophisticated apps can fit into health services. Ginger.io offers people with depression or anxiety problems the ability to track their mood and share data with clinicians to offer interventions.
Smartphones can serve as the hub for new diagnostic and treatment technologies. Some people with type 1 diabetes, dissatisfied with medical technology companies’ progress, are driving forward the development of an artificial pancreas.
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