The India Mobile Congress 2019, will be held in New Delhi from 14th-16th October 2019. The India Mobile Congress celebrates the future of technology and this year has a special track dedicated to mobile health. mHealth India Mobile Congress is going to provide an insight into how healthcare is bcoming pervasive with the use of mobile devices and improved connectivity. Asia’s largest tech and telecom event will play host to participants, guests, visitors, media and experts all over the world. IMC 2019 will continue its legacy as the premier ICT and TMT platform in South Asia and globally. The theme of the India Mobile Congress 2019 is ‘IMAGINE: a new CONNECTED world Intelligent. Immersive. Inventive’. The main IMC 2019 theme has been further divided into 9 sub-themes, each dedicated to a niche area of interest:

  • Augmented Analytics
  • Autonomous Things
  • Future Logistics
  • Immersive World
  • Intelligent Edge
  • Inventive Unicorns
  • mHealth
  • Privacy and Ethics
  • Smart Spaces

What Is mHealth?

mHealth or Mobile Health is one of the biggest 2019 technology trends. mHealth combines the penetrative power of digital communication and wireless technologies with the nurturing nature of the healthcare industry. By doing so, we can expect a more inclusive approach to medical care. The mHealth movement is essential because universal access to world-class healthcare is stunted. Many rural areas do not enjoy the same quality of healthcare products and services as their urban counterparts. Even though the global technology and healthcare sectors are growing exponentially, access is typically limited to urban areas. The popularity of mobile phones across demographics ensures that mHealth programs and policies will reach large pockets of populations. This will help deliver services to areas that otherwise remain underserved by contemporary medical and healthcare systems.

Applications and Uses of mHealth Technologies

There are several applications and uses of mHealth technology. For starters, mHealth mobile apps can be used for outpatient monitoring and remote treatment support. This is useful in cases where the patient is unable to visit the clinician frequently but regular communication is important. The application also extends to chronic disease management. Education and awareness building are a crucial aspect of national healthcare development. Therefore, mHealth technology can help healthcare planners and providers reach vast audiences and consumer bases across geographic and socioeconomic barriers. Short Message Services (SMS) can educate people about preventive healthcare programs, general good health and hygiene practices, information regarding specialists and niche treatments, disease testing, and various products and services. Furthermore, healthcare workers in remote settings can receive support and advice for patient treatment. This includes treatment support, diagnostic support and training modules via digital communication systems. Telemedicine is an aspect of mHealth whereby an on-site healthcare worker can connect with an expert remotely and provide case information and photographs digitally and receive diagnoses and treatment advice. mHealth helplines also allow for direct case-based communication between patients/caregivers and healthcare providers. Phone conversations can include counseling, complaint registrations, consultations, advice about medications, information regarding local healthcare providers and mobile clinics. Disease surveillance and monitoring epidemic outbreaks is another aspect of mHealth technology. Information about outbreaks can be collected and communicated quickly and inexpensively via mobile phones. This includes details about disease, symptoms, location, and extent. As a result, healthcare professionals and government agencies can fine-tune responses and deliver aid promptly.

mHealth Trends In 2019

Mobile Health tech is closing the physical and economic chasms between premium healthcare services and providers and underserved communities. The idea of universal healthcare is no longer a distant dream. Most noteworthy: mHealth apps and wearable devices are getting people to take more cognizance of their own health. The popularity of wearable health trackers has created a more informed and intelligent consumer market. People are tracking their vitals and general health and using this information to make fitness, dietary and lifestyle choices. They are also sharing this information with their doctors. Tracking one’s own health and communicating it remotely to the physician is highly convenient. Distant healthcare offsets the hurdles of distance, time, money and scheduling challenges. mHealth also allows for in-facility coordination and more streamlined function. Tracking patient records, setting up appointments, scheduling tasks, alerting physicians to a patient’s arrival, communication between professionals, billing and more have become easier due to the digitization of the healthcare landscape. Consumers are also using mobile apps to compare healthcare providers and services. Online reviews and ratings for physicians and hospitals are informing client choices.

mHealth India Mobile Congress 2019

The mHealth India Mobile Congress track will be dedicated to wearable medical tech and healthcare mobile applications. The inspiration comes from a regional commitment to improving the health of citizens across South Asia. A synergetic relationship between the mobile technology and medical sectors can revamp healthcare. The overarching spirit of the India Mobile Congress 2019 is one of technological cooperation and collaboration to improve lives. Consequently, the mHealth track is one of its most potent applications of the IMC 2019 ethos.