Date Added: Sep 2009
This paper explores new solutions to old health system problems. Currently, the health system loses a great deal of time and money due to two prevalent problems: patients missing scheduled appointments, and the need to monitor patients with long term chronic conditions. This paper explores the use of mobile phone and telehealth technologies to combat these issues. It discusses trials of the technology conducted in the US, UK, and New Zealand, concluding that these technologies are of benefit in reducing missed appointments and reduction hospital admissions in long term chronically ill patients, thus reducing cost and freeing up services for other patients where health resources are bottlenecked.