Applications to Improve Quality of Life

Applications to Improve Quality of Life

Arminda Guerra Lopes (Instituto Politecnico de Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco, Portugal & Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Funchal, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/IJSKD.2017100102

Abstract

This article is about the creation of tools and technologies that support physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing. Students from a polytechnic institution were challenged within a human computer interaction discipline, to set an idea and to present its design process. The objective was to create something using technology to improve people quality of life. The main goal of this article is to settle some of the reasons that lead to important and interesting outputs to the amount of unfinished or unavailable applications to be used by those who need it.
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According to literature, several applications developed to help patients, physicians, technicians and others, treat, give advice etc. are at our disposal. This paper gives some examples of business developers and their applications.

Insight Optics created a way for Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) to provide eye exams during annual whole-body checkups. The examination is made with an ophthalmoscope that is compatible with a smartphone camera, allowing the PCP to take high-resolution images of the patient’s retina from their smartphone. This information is then shared through the app with an ophthalmologist for further review. This allows patients valuable insight on their eye health, and the empowering information of whether or not they need to go see an eye specialist (Insight Optics, 2017).

Digital Pharmacist set out an application that allows to have certain information about medications in a digital format. Digital Pharmacist offers cloud storage and digital solutions for pharmacies. This application makes easier for pharmacists to communicate with their customers and turns the prescription process convenient for everyone (Digital Pharmacist, 2017).

EverlyWell works to take the physical trip to the doctor out of the equation for a variety of common medical tests. From food sensitivity tests, to fertility tests, to cholesterol tests, and everything in-between, EverlyWell makes it easier for patients to get the answers they need. Customers can simply log in to their online portal and order their desired test to their home (EverlyWell, 2017).

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