Mobile Computing and Social Networking

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Mobile Computing and Social Networking Mr. Vidal Adadevoh CIS 500: Information Systems for Decision Making Compare and contrast monitoring of patient vital signs using mobile computing technology to in-patient visits to the doctor’s office or hospital. Today’s technology facilitates health care providers to keep up with the latest on healthcare technologies, treatments, medications, and different procedures that are introduced to our consumers. Conventional medical practices in the past have made this process almost impossible because the systems were unable to organize, store, and retrieve medical and patient information. Vital signs are one of the most important components of patient care. Using mobile technology today can monitor all body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, sugar levels and oxygen levels or respiratory rates. In the past, the patient was required to travel to the doctor’s office or a hospital to monitor their vitals. Nurses and clinicians would oversee and be responsible for the taking and recording of the vitals manually documenting them with a mobile computer or the results were written on paper and the clinician left the patients room to manually document into the electronic chart using computers. At times, this documentation happened hours later when time permitted and in some cases were hard to take accurately. With today’s technology, patient treatment and care can be more effective. The use of smart phones and broadband-enabled devises has allowed patients to do their own monitoring of vital signs and body functions and upload them to their medical provider’s clinical servers. They even have the ability to do videoconferencing via their phones for remote consultations with their doctors. Using technology to take advantage of remote monitoring systems is allowing patients to take a very active approach in

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