Smartphones, wearable devices, and mobile apps largely dominate the world over the last few decades.
FREMONT, CA: Mobile health applications present exciting possibilities for enhancing medical services. For instance, some apps are designed to facilitate remote patient monitoring to reduce hospital admissions while maintaining physician-patient communication. Other apps enable users to manage and share their health information with healthcare providers, pharmacies, and insurance companies. Additionally, with the massive amounts of healthcare data available today, we require novel methods for collecting and converting them to helpful information. No tool is more capable of doing so than a mobile device and health applications.
Below are some benefits of the mobile health app.
Better data collection with mobile health apps
Mobile health apps, especially those offering electronic health records via health-smart wearables, allow faster and easier access to patient health data. Doctors can collect and retrieve clinical data in just one click. This allows for more comprehensive, informed, and timely medical decisions. Patients can also access, organize and store their medical records for better self-care. Even mobile apps allow earlier detection of chronic conditions like glaucoma, irregular breathing patterns, heart disease, or even mental health issues. By collecting data and detecting conditions changes before they become severe and mobile health apps help improve overall well-being.
Reduce avoidable medical errors
Healthcare professionals need access to many types of clinical resources to make precise diagnostic decisions. For example, doctors and nurses can access medical and drug databases and laboratory results within minutes using mobile health apps. They can also use mobile devices and apps for drug reference guides, medical calculators, clinical guidelines, and other decision aids. These can make a real difference in disease diagnosis and treatment decisions. Informed medical decisions reduce error rates and improve practice efficiency and knowledge. In addition, they can receive an early warning to detect complications and plan treatment accordingly on the patient’s side.
Improve patient-doctor communications
Communication has always been a complex healthcare problem. Healthcare professionals need to build clear, accurate, and timely interactions with their patients to deliver quality patient care and reduce medical abuse. Mobile health apps can close the communication gap by offering variable tools to keep communication channels between patients and doctors open 24/7. In other words, patient-doctor communication apps provide a more efficient medical workflow by keeping doctors remotely and effortlessly connected to patients. For example, through secure text messaging or video calls, patients can schedule physician appointments, communicate with caregivers, or even order pharmacy prescriptions, and have them delivered right on their mobile phones to their homes. Patients can now play a more active and knowledgeable role in health management. Doctors can provide medical guidance through virtual consultations from around the world. Specifically, mobile health apps enable doctors to monitor patients after surgery, facilitate faster discharge, and perform virtual follow-up to increase postoperative recovery, enhance patient satisfaction.