Mobile computing has dramatically changed how information is accessed and shared. Wireless
networking has been an enabler of mobile computing. One profession that mobile computing
has had a big impact on is health care management. Patients are now able to monitor their vital
signs such as blood pressure, glucose levels, etc. without having to periodically visit a doctor’s
office or hospital. There are devices such as the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor that works
with an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to record, track, and graph a patient’s blood pressure. There
are other devices that can measure blood glucose levels, oxygen levels, heart rate, etc. and use an
iPhone to send the results to a clinical server. Doctors and caregivers are then able to access the
data on the clinical server.
According to the American College of Gastroenterology, social networking sites like Facebook,
Twitter, and YouTube are used as powerful platforms to deliver and receive health care
information. Patients and caregivers are increasingly going online to connect and share
experiences with others with similar medical issues or concerns Patients are able to take
advantage of social networks to do more than just share pictures and tweets.
Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:
1. Compare and contrast monitoring of patient vital signs using mobile computing technology to
inpatient visits to the doctor’s office or hospital.
2. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile computing technology to monitor
3. Assess the security concerns with regard to the transmission of personal medical information
over wireless networks.
4. Assess the use of social networking for group support for patients with similar medical
5. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar
Websites do not qualify as quality resources.
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