The marvel of mobile connectivity has led to a revolution of sorts in every sector including the healthcare industry. Gone are the days when mobile was meant for making calls only. Today, you can do so much more with the palm-sized gadget. From the availability of mobile medical apps for daily calorie monitoring to complete medical records on the mobile phone, there has been a drastic change in the way people have become conscious about their wellness. In fact, apart from these nutrition based apps, you can also find interesting options on ways to check your heartbeat, monitor blood sugar levels, etc.
A mobile medical app is a software program developed for the smartphone that acts as an accessory and allows the user to keep a tab on his or her health. The apps allow you to view your health status in a narrative context so it sounds more like a story that you get to hear. Though this information is not rated high on terms of accuracy, you can rely on the information and get yourself a physician’s appointment if you notice anything peculiar.
If you thought that the benefit of mobile apps was for the patient only, you are grossly mistaken. The impact of mobile connectivity is on the entire healthcare industry. So, how can you leave out the medical practitioners from the overall list of beneficiaries? You can’t - that’s why there are a series of apps for healthcare professionals that allow them to stay connected with the patient.
Mobile Apps have been beneficial to healthcare professionals in several ways like:
Reminder for pathological reports
Reminder for doctor’s appointments
Cuts costs and helps deliver better services: Apps like PEEK enable doctors to use their phones for examining eyes of patients in developing countries. Examination on the go also helps in diagnosing defects and taking corrective measures quickly.
The app that you use as a patient is extremely valuable for medical professionals. After all, the individual entries are used to crowdsource information and get relevant insights on the current scenario.
So, we have already told you about the usability of the apps and their importance in order to improve your wellness quotient. But, what about the overall impact of mobile connectivity on the healthcare industry? How good is it? Where is it headed? Well, before you get baffled by such dilemmas, here is a list of some ways in which the revolution of mobile connectivity has positively impacted the healthcare industry:
Thanks to the apps, you are more aware of your health and will be more likely to contact the doctor at the occurrence of symptoms instead of waiting for the problem to advance. DoctorMole is one such application that captures a mole on your body through the phone’s camera and then analyzes it based on an algorithm. This app can help you in getting a preliminary idea if the mole is malignant or not.
If you have access to your constantly updated medical records through mobile apps, the chances of insurance related frauds are greatly reduced. After all, when the entire data is in the system, it becomes next to impossible to forge.
Remember the days when you dreaded the visit to the doctor? Now, with the boom of medical connectivity and healthcare related apps, you are bound to interact more frequently with your doctor. In fact, there are situations where patients have consulted their doctors through voice calls over the Internet. This increased interaction helps lead to improved health.
Applications like the Mobile Vital Record System (MobileVRS) have helped the health department in Uganda register births and deaths in the country. Use of this application has significantly reduced the number of births or deaths that previously went unregistered. Several non-profit organizations are also optimizing mobile technology to spread awareness and raise funds for health campaigns. One such instance is the “Power of One” campaign launched by ‘Malaria-No More, a non-profit organization in collaboration with Venmo. This campaign has enabled smartphone users across the globe to donate $1 to help treat patients affected by Malaria.
When an app is linked to a medical tool, the instant result is the creation of more patient data. This data when analyzed and understood is guaranteed to lead to more accurate predictions in the healthcare industry.
Well, the answer to this question is pretty obvious. Mobile connectivity is said to increase as more and more doctors and patients become smartphone users. All in all, mobile apps are set to further facilitate patient care and therefore positively impact the healthcare industry. Mobile technology has laid the foundation for bridging the gap between patients and healthcare professionals. It will definitely streamline several medical processes and help patients be more proactive and responsible towards their health issues.
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