Using Mobile Health Apps for Greater Independence for the Elderly

Sam Perry


Patient monitoring in hospitals and/or assisted living communities via connected applications and devices has long been operating on local cellular technology; however, this same use of cellular networks and applications for patients who choose to age at home is becoming more and more common. With more patients connecting from home, it is important to create networks that are reliable and secure for elderly patients whose private medical information is shared through monitoring devices as they live at home.

How Mobile Health Applications Work

Emergency Help

There are a few solutions currently available that are helping healthcare providers connect with their patients from home. One example of these mHealth apps and systems provide patients with a push button (typically on a wearable device) for them to use if they fall or hurt themselves and need medical attention or assistance.

The patient is automatically connected to experts in triage care and emergency response to discuss their injury and decide if they need an ambulance or immediate medical care. This instant communication with a medical professional allows for more pointed care and also helps avoid emergency care costs. Prescreening patients before transporting them to the hospital saves money for the patient, insurance company, and hospital. With less “frequent flyers” in the emergency department, hospitals can focus on giving the best care possible to those patients in serious need.

Health and Safety Monitoring

Another real-life application for mHealth involves helping caretakers and family maintain constant contact with an elderly adult living at home through the use of a GPS tracker. With such applications, alerts can be generated based on location status and movement, along with customizable alert options set up for individual needs. Remote patient monitoring applications  are valuable for patients with a variety of medical issues, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease who tend to suffer from confusion and may wander off and get lost.

mHealth Depends on a Reliable Network

It is crucial for the cellular networks that host the connectivity for these mHealth technologies to be secure and reliable, and they must have expansive, seamless coverage to ensure a constant connection. Without a reliable cellular connection, proper care may not be available, leading to serious health concerns and little peace of mind for caregivers and families. The KORE network is ready and able to support these mobile health applications and provide the necessary security and connectivity to keep patients happy and healthy. Plus, KORE has access to technologies and resources that can help facilitate these applications, such as the KORE Position Logic platform, which can facilitate health and safety monitoring with GPS technology. Learn more about the mHealth industry and KORE’s mHealth connectivity solutions, or contact us for a consultation, and we’ll help you help the elderly age at home safely and comfortably with a truly reliable, secure network.

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