The explosion of mobile technology has proven to be a boon for many industries — and the healthcare field is no exception.

Mobile devices and the accompanying technology has heralded in some significant changes and is helping transform the industry to increase accessibility to care for patients and streamline processes for care providers.

Here are a few other ways mobile devices are altering the healthcare industry’s status quo:

Monitoring Chronic Illnesses

The pervasiveness of smartphones in particular is making it easier for healthcare providers to help patients monitor and manage chronic illnesses. But remote monitoring systems deployed via mobile devices can save an estimated $197 billion dollars in care costs over the next 25 years. These remote monitoring systems can help deliver care for illnesses like diabetes and chronic pain sufferers by allowing them to easily track their symptoms and provide physicians with hard data that can indicate whether there’s a larger problem present.

Reaching the Otherwise Unreachable

Patients in rural areas often don’t receive the same level of care as patients living in more urban settings. However, a wealth of technology has helped healthcare providers serving these remote areas do so more seamlessly. Armed with mobile devices equipped with remote databases and electronic health records, these doctors can virtually access patients thousands of miles away and dispense the crucial care they need to enhance their lives.