Do you ever sit back and wonder, “Really now – what WILL they think of next?” Well, that is exactly how I felt when I walked past a display of medical products that plug into your smart phone at Best Buy. An entire line of smart phone-compatible wellness tools have been developed to let you know your blood pressure, weight, bone density and more. Oh, how the wonderful world of wellness continues to expand!
Smart Phones and Wellness
This is not the first time we have been blown away by the integration of our cell phones and healthy living initiatives. We have blogged about some great apps before. Some can help you track your calories and how much you have exercised. But the latest wave of tools like the iHealth products take wellness checks to a whole new level.
Products are currently either on the market or in development to check things like:
- blood pressure
- heart rate
- body mass index
- bone density
- blood sugar
- oxygen in the blood
And with the way our world is turning – we know this is only the beginning.
Will smart phones replace doctors?
With technology that allows you to check your own vital signs, it makes me wonder – will smart phones eliminate the need for a doctors office visit? Couple that with the hundreds of apps and websites offering medical information – it makes me suspect that the future of health care will look very differently in the upcoming years.
Many services are available to those who either cannot afford or do not have time to see a physician through traditional healthcare channels. For example, ARCpoint Labs offers lab testing in their walk-in clinics. Whether a doctor’s prescribing blood work or not – they can run any test at any time.
The future of medicine
I do not think anyone should ever stop visiting a doctor completely. Licensed medical practitioners are the experts and they should be visited when clinical treatment is necessary. A wellness check-up, as well as being seen when you are sick, is important. Although the new health tools should not necessarily take the place of a doctor – what they can do is lessen the need to visit one as often! We are hopeful that the abundance of new wellness tools will not take the place of doctors but that instead, they will make great strides in helping people stay healthy and well!
Looking for a wellness center or walk-in lab for blood work? Check out an ARCpoint Labs near you.