The advantages of mobile phones go beyond connecting people and facilitating communicating. Soon mobile phone technology will enable health professions in the medical field to better treat patients and provide a better quality of life for all human beings.
Soon devices that connect to phones will help monitor health functions like glucose levels in a diabetic patient, track activity levels for patients on heart monitors, or send alerts about detected diseases (Reardon, 2016).
In the next decade, you will be able to monitor almost every organ system, no matter how difficult to access, as firms start to produce nanosensors to be embedded in your bloodstream. These microscopic sensors within your body can float in blood or be fixed to a microstent in a tiny blood vessel. You’ll then be able to keep your blood under constant surveillance for the first appearance of cancer, autoimmune attacks on vital tissues or the tiny cracks in artery walls that can lead to heart attacks or strokes (Topol, 2015).
Once all of our relevant medical data is tracked and machine-processed to spot the complex trends and interactions that no one could detect alone, we’ll be able to pre-empt many more illnesses.
For example, a teenager who suffers from asthma and is prone to wheezing in gym class could get comprehensive data on environmental exposures such as air quality and pollen count, along with data on physical activity, oxygen concentration in the blood, vital signs and chest motion; their lung function can be assessed through their smartphone microphone, and their nitric-oxide levels can be sampled via their breath. Then that information could be combined with the data from every other tracked asthma patient—and trigger a warning, delivered by text or voice message on the teenager’s phone, that an attack is imminent and tell the teenager which inhaler would prevent it (Topol, 2015).