What unthinkable things will mHealth make possible?



Nick Mason 20 years ago it was unthinkable

This quote of Nick Mason (the Pink Floyd Drummer) on trends within the music industry got me thinking about some unthinkable things we’ll see materialise as a result of the rapid convergence of mobile and health in this decade.

Here’s a few I can think we’ll reflect on:

10 years ago it was unthinkable that when our health declined we’d learn about it first from our mobile phones” Patient

10 years ago it was unthinkable that we would be as connected to our healthcare teams as we used to be connected to our friends on Facebook and everything done/said was automatically documented” Carer

10 years ago it was unthinkable that we would be making the majority of our incomes from something that wasn’t the office visit” Family GP

10 years ago it was unthinkable that I would conduct most of my consultations with Patients via Mobile Video Call” Cardiologist

10 years ago it was unthinkable that we’d be able to move beyond the keyboard and use natural language to document consultations” Healthcare Professional

10 years ago it was unthinkable that Endocrinologists would spend more money communicating with Patients than they would on expensive testing strips” American Diabetes Association

10 years ago it was unthinkable that we could move beyond criminalising Patients who misused opiates and moved the resources we wasted there into modern always connected substance abuse treatment services” Narcotics Officer

10 years ago it was unthinkable that the mobile industry could do so much to drive safe sexual practice by simply ensuring that young impressionable adults only ever watched safe sexual practices” Sexual Health Nurse

10 years ago it was unthinkable that the vast majority of our calls would be coming from inexpensive mobile connected smoke alarms” Fire Department

Please feel encouraged to add any you can think of in the comments…

7 Responses to What unthinkable things will mHealth make possible?

  1. […] “10 years ago it was unthinkable that when our health declined we’d learn about it first from our mobile phones” Patient“10 years ago it was unthinkable that we would be as connected to our healthcare teams as we used to be connected to our friends on Facebook and everything done/said was automatically documented” Carer“10 years ago it was unthinkable that we would be making the majority of our incomes from something that wasn’t the office visit” Family GP“10 years ago it was unthinkable that I would conduct most of my consultations with Patients via Mobile Video Call” Cardiologist“10 years ago it was unthinkable that we’d be able to move beyond the keyboard and use natural language to document consultations” Healthcare Professional“10 years ago it was unthinkable that Endocrinologists would spend more money communicating with Patients than they would on expensive testing strips” American Diabetes Association“10 years ago it was unthinkable that we could move beyond criminalising Patients who misused opiates and moved the resources we wasted there into modern always connected substance abuse treatment services” Narcotics Officer“10 years ago it was unthinkable that the mobile industry could do so much to ensure that adult video content only even featured safe sexual practices” Sexual Health Worker“10 years ago it was unthinkable that the vast majority of our calls would be coming from inexpensive mobile connected smoke alarms” Fire Departmentfrom: http://mhealthinsight.com/2013/11/24/what-unthinkable-things-will-mhealth-make-possible/  […]

  2. […] “10 years ago it was unthinkable that when our health declined we’d learn about it first from our mobile phones” Patient “10 years ago it was unthinkable that we would be as connected to our healthcare teams as we used to be connected to our friends on Facebook and everything done/said was automatically documented” Carer “10 years ago it was unthinkable that we would be making the majority of our incomes from something that wasn’t the office visit” Family GP “10 years ago it was unthinkable that I would conduct most of my consultations with Patients via Mobile Video Call” Cardiologist “10 years ago it was unthinkable that we’d be able to move beyond the keyboard and use natural language to document consultations” Healthcare Professional “10 years ago it was unthinkable that Endocrinologists would spend more money communicating with Patients than they would on expensive testing strips” American Diabetes Association “10 years ago it was unthinkable that we could move beyond criminalising Patients who misused opiates and moved the resources we wasted there into modern always connected substance abuse treatment services” Narcotics Officer “10 years ago it was unthinkable that the mobile industry could do so much to ensure that adult video content only even featured safe sexual practices” Sexual Health Worker “10 years ago it was unthinkable that the vast majority of our calls would be coming from inexpensive mobile connected smoke alarms” Fire Department from: http://mhealthinsight.com/2013/11/24/what-unthinkable-things-will-mhealth-make-possible/  […]

  3. […] This quote of Nick Mason (the Pink Floyd Drummer) on trends within the music industry got me thinking about some unthinkable things we’ll see materialise as a result of the rapid convergence of mobile and health in this decade.  […]

  4. […] This quote of Nick Mason (the Pink Floyd Drummer) on trends within the music industry got me thinking about some unthinkable things we’ll see materialise as a result of the rapid convergence of mobile and health in this decade.Here’s a few I can think we’ll reflect on:“10 years ago it was unthinkable that when our health declined we’d learn about it first from our mobile phones” Patient“10 years ago it was unthinkable that we would be as connected to our healthcare teams as we used to be connected to our friends on Facebook and everything done/said was automatically documented” Carer“10 years ago it was unthinkable that we would be making the majority of our incomes from something that wasn’t the office visit” Family GP“10 years ago it was unthinkable that I would conduct most of my consultations with Patients via Mobile Video Call” Cardiologist“10 years ago it was unthinkable that we’d be able to move beyond the keyboard and use natural language to document consultations” Healthcare Professional  […]

  5. […] This quote of Nick Mason (the Pink Floyd Drummer) on trends within the music industry got me thinking about some unthinkable things we'll see materialise as a result of the rapid convergence of mob…  […]

  6. […] this really awesome post over on the mHealth Insight blog that looks at what mHealth will make what’s unthinkable now […]

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