The recent progress of technologies has its influence on everyone. Almost every sphere of social and private life undergoes computerization. Another concept is that technologies are going mobile. Area of healthcare doesn’t keep aloof of progress. Statistic shows that more than half of healthcare workers use newest gadgets to simplify their work.
Explosive growth of mobile healthcare app development paired with new capabilities that mobile industry can offer will definitely and radically change the way healthcare services are delivered. It doesn’t mean that HCP as an occupation will disappear. Physicians will have more information about their patients and there will be more ways to obtain that information.
But not only physicians and nurses benefit from it. To have a better understanding let’s have a look at who is also on velvet of healthcare app development.
Of course they are. Hospital mobile apps will help them to engage with their health. They will have all the information about their being on the mend and won’t need to root medical literature to understand doctors words.
Officials will be able to monitor everything that takes place in their hospital. All statistics, spending, revenues, and so on. It's a good idea to reach business goals. Patients will be glad to know that their lives are in market leaders hands.
First aid employees
Hospital apps can speed up patients delivery. They could track maximally fast path to the hospital. Without overestimation it will save a lot of lives.
They will be able to control medicine sales. Apps for drug stores use QR codes to identify frauds and stop a stream of fake medicine recipes.
Medical universities and students
We must admit that mobile apps are rapidly replacing textbooks in education sphere. HCPs don’t stay aloof. It is expected that as use of medical devices and healthcare apps expands, they will be incorporated to medical curricula. Apps help students to prepare for classes and in the nearest future they will be able to get rid of those tons of textbooks and keep all the knowledge in their smartphones.
Top healthcare apps
- Medscape. It is a leading medical resource and it’s widely used by students and HCPs. This app is free and it offers medical news, drug information, disease and condition history.
- ZocDoc. This app shows clinicians that are in neighborhood. You can read verified reviews about them from other patients.
- PatientKeeper allows physicians to have complete information about patient data anytime they need it. It shows lists, summaries, lab results, medication lists, vital signs, allergies and so on.
- Epocrates. The app allows doctors to intercommunicate with references, correspondence. It is also used to consult with other professionals and coordinate work inside a care team. Some kind of a social network for HCP.
As we can see, everyone benefits from healthcare automatization. Mobile apps have become a solar stream for doctors all over the world. They are now able to view x-ray results, track vital statistics without visiting a lab. Treatment of common diseases is no longer a problem because everything physicians need to know about patients health is “on a distance of a fingertip”.
Now let’s get back to the topic and list possible advantages of deploying mobile applications in medical care system:
Universal access to care
Necessity to visit a doctor is vanishing step by step. Patients who live in rural area or for some reason don’t have an everyday possibility to visit his physicians will be able to consult via mobile app. It’s also true for elderly patients who aren’t able to visit hospitals because of their age.
A lot of aspects such as long lines, complexity, bureaucracy, not enough transparency discourage patients to visit hospitals. They think that it’s better to endure than loose the whole day waiting in queues. Apps can also remind patients to take their medicine or do some revitalizing exercises.
Mobile apps give patients tools to take care of their own health. People now leave hospitals with stacks of paper and without any idea what they are supposed to do when they arrive home. Imagine that all doctors recommendations and documentation is handed in your smartphone.
Less expensive healthcare
As it was said above, there will be no need in paper documentation and bureaucracy. It leads to reducing hospitals expenditures and, as a result reducing treatment costs.
You should agree that the more automatized HCPs work is, the more lives they can save. Mobile apps will improve productivity because physicians will not need to mess with lots of paperwork.
Minimization of the human error factor
We are all humans and it’s inherent for us to make mistakes. Mobile app usage should definitely reduce deaths caused by human incautiousness.
Looking into the future
At present we can predict several interesting trends of healthcare mobile apps usage. As healthcare enhancement perspective becomes the core goal, apps will be needed to serve this goal. Mobile devices are expected to bring new and improve existing benefits to clinical practice. In observed future clinical decision support system will be controlled by artificial intelligence–oriented algorithms.
As a conclusion I want to say that healthcare mobile applications will definitely gain more and more popularity because they don’t only simplify HCPs everyday work but, without overestimation, save lives. Although this sphere has a huge demand, there is still a place for new players, so it’s an extremely good idea for a startup.
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