Smartphones, wearable devices and mobile apps have largely dominated the world over the past decades.
FREMONT, California: Mobile health applications offer exciting possibilities for improving medical services. For example, some applications are designed to facilitate remote monitoring of patients to reduce hospitalizations while maintaining physician-patient communication. Other applications allow users to manage and share their health information with health care providers, pharmacies and insurance companies. Moreover, with the massive amounts of health data available today, we need new methods to collect it and convert it into useful information. No tool is more capable of doing this than a mobile device and health apps.
Below are some benefits of the mobile health app.
Better data collection with mobile health apps
Mobile health applications, especially those offering electronic health records via smart wearable health devices, allow faster and easier access to patient health data. Doctors can collect and retrieve clinical data with just one click. This allows more full, informed and timely medical decisions. Patients can also access, organize and store their medical records for better personal care. Even mobile apps allow for earlier detection of chronic diseases like glaucoma, irregular breathing patterns, heart disease or even mental health issues. By collecting data and detecting changes in conditions before they become serious, mobile health apps help improve overall well-being.
Reduce preventable medical errors
Healthcare professionals need access to many types of clinical resources to make accurate diagnostic decisions. For example, doctors and nurses can access medical and pharmaceutical databases and lab results in minutes using mobile health apps. They can also use mobile devices and apps for medication reference guides, medical calculators, clinical guidelines, and other decision support tools. These can make a real difference in disease diagnosis and treatment decisions. Informed medical decisions reduce error rates and improve efficiency and knowledge of the practice. In addition, they can receive an early warning to detect complications and plan the treatment accordingly on the patient’s side.
Improve patient-doctor communication
Communication has always been a complex health problem. Healthcare professionals need to establish clear, precise, and timely interactions with their patients to provide quality patient care and reduce medical abuse. Mobile health apps can bridge the communication gap by offering variable tools to keep communication channels between patients and physicians open 24/7. In other words, patient-physician communication applications provide more efficient medical workflow by keeping physicians remote and effortlessly connected to patients. For example, through secure text messaging or video calling, patients can schedule doctor’s appointments, communicate with caregivers, or even order pharmaceutical prescriptions and have them delivered straight to their cell phones at their homes. Patients can now play a more active and better informed role in health management. Doctors can provide medical advice through virtual consultations from around the world. Specifically, mobile health apps allow doctors to monitor patients after surgery, facilitate faster discharge and virtual follow-up to increase postoperative recovery, improve patient satisfaction.