It’s comforting to know, that with the increasing pace of live the innovations aiming to provide health support are widely available and constantly enhanced.
Depending on our age, lifestyle and health condition here are some options, which we can consider:
1. Android operated application providing personalized health condition report, such as ‘Ada – Personal Health Companion’. It supports basic diagnosis and can be run for multiple people. In order to start it’s necessary to provide basic information (date of birth, weight etc.) and risk indicators (smoking, pressure issues, diabetes etc.). It enables dictating and typing the issue description. After the applicable issue is confirmed system populates a questionnaire. An advantage of this software is an option to upload details of a problem via photo. ‘Ada’ populates a report indicating possible diagnosis, split of population affected and suggested treatment. In case, if diagnosis advises medical consult, it allows to kick it off via chat or phone. For more details check associated article.
2. Software matching Amazon Echo personal assistant. A good candidate could be ‘Ada’. To start it’s enough to say ‘Alexa open Ada’ and Ada will talk back to us. Interesting component of this solution is system’s understanding of the common words and adjusting the script of a response considering them. This system will lead the selection of medical condition followed by a questionnaire. In case if the diagnosis recommends doctor’s consult, ‘Ada’ can send its report to medical center and arrange a consult with specialist.
3. Web based application allowing to maintain a track record of all health related issues. An example of solution of that kind is a personalized health companion ‘Health&’ (www.healthand.com). It is a type of a personalized checklist tailored to provided details and enhanced with a library of topics powered by IBM Watson. The advantage of this solution is an option of an easy integration with hand wrist fitness tracker devices such as ‘Fitbit’. Thanks to such integration, the tool can be boosted with historic and real life data of on body performance measurements.
4. Internet of Things (IoT) powering wellbeing to individuals with chronical or long term conditions. One of such solutions is Philips Personal Healthcare. The IoT products are built with smart algorithms allowing to measure: blood oxygen, heart rate, usage of pills from pill dispenser. The gathered data are collected and stored in cloud based application allowing patient to monitor the results in real time. Simultaneously the monitoring is conducted by the product’s provider central medical support, which is checking for any abnormal indications and once recognized triggers attempts of contacting customer.
The health support software evolution is an interesting topic, considering it’s suppliers’ ambition to increase prevention and speed up diagnosis, as well as it’s human desire to extend the length and quality of our life.