The Smartphone, the Great Source of Data for Studies

A pretty impressive data quoted at the end of last year the report of Ericsson mobility. It is estimated that by the end of the year 2020, within less than five years, users of smartphones on the planet reach 6100 million. If we take into account that there are currently approximately 7400 million people on the planet, it’s a pretty high percentage.

The presence of these devices in our pockets has always aroused doubts about If its usefulness goes beyond entertainment. Mainly speaking, of course. The professional aspect is also very marked and for some time now this part has entered game something fundamental, health studies.

Since smartphones are collected a lot of data about users, so much personal data such as usage data. The idea of using these data to study global mode, source of data for the control of diseases or improvement of the different processes related to the health area seems as logical as bright.

The smartphone as automatic pollster

A study of health always has been something very complex. In the best of cases requiring thousands of personal interviews to collect all necessary data for the preparation of a report, and at worst they also required analysis of thousands of samples to get to the same point: the global view of the situation.

Our smartphone has become one of the best AIDS for health science.

In any case, a study not only of large amounts of time but also financial resources required. The idea that wearing time underway on several fronts is that the smartphone using simple processes. Our smartphone has become one of the best AIDS for health science.

These small computers that we carry in the pockets, smartphones, are already doing much of the work of data collection for different areas related to health. Without going into many examples, we have the case of epidemiology studies organized by Harvard and Princeton, or the own ResearchKit which launched Apple a year ago.

Information from multiple points and in real time

Either actively or passively, smartphones have become mobile information collection points. Studies on the movements of the population compared with calls and SMS sent in Kenya allowed that, during one year, traced a map of the key points to stop a possible outbreak of rubella in the country.

What makes ResearchKit, the tool that Apple put in circulation, is similar. Apple already has different apps collecting information users that lend themselves to this, since genetic profiles with 23andMe to on heart and asthmatic users with MyHeartCounts information, an application developed in California.

mPower, for ResearchKit, has helped conduct a study on Parkinson’s disease with more than 6000 participants

James Beck, Vice President of the scientific area of the Foundation against Parkinson’s in New York, recently made some statements as a result of a study of more than 6800 participants through mPower, an application for ResearchKit. “The best thing that we probably get these applications will be scalability,” said Beck.

To make us aware of what has led to this study through apps for the iPhone is that the figure of 6800 participants It triples the number of participants in the largest study on Parkinson that had been undertaken to date. Have a smartphone in every Pocket makes that data collection may be massive.

The future of remedies against diseases, thanks to our smartphone

There is no doubt that this ability to collect information from each user is as powerful as it charged is liability. Liability on the part of developers to be able to collect the right information, Since the interpretation of the same will be the part they have to make researchers.

Provide for the development of epidemics, to detect patterns in users who have certain illnesses to be able to detect it early and even provide information to users on how to improve their own health and prevention. As in India, where an application is already used to spread the more efficiently possible family planning information.

Or the use of existing applications, and which deserves to be studied, like WhatsApp, which has led to the doctors of the country of the Ganges to organize the waiting lists and coordinate transplantation through groups. The human being, at times, uses existing solutions in the absence of tools that can come from this type of applications.

With a little help from the “wearables”

Another fact to consider is the presence of the wearables, led mainly by the smartwatches. There are many scientists who agree that these they can be “trained”, or scheduled, for a data collection even more complete covering both physical activity and various data captured from our doll, like heart rate.

The smartwatches already begin counting for researchers as a way of collecting data and habits from our doll

Verily developer has already launched several projects, such as the Baseline Study, that you will use the smart watches and other peripheral gadgets of smartphones to collect user data. The aim? The same as the data from smartphones: first hand information to detect and prevent diseases.

They said that the future was Mobile, and the present as it is. Not only that, is mobile and is intelligent. Learn to take advantage of that potential will be very important to improve the quality of life of future generations and also the current. There are already projects underway and they begin to bear fruit, but the possibilities are almost endless.

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