No other technology has had as big an impact on our personal and professional lifestyle as the smartphone. Mobile apps have completely transformed the way we communicate, collaborate and work. However, experts believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg and mobile apps will drive monumental changes across traditional sectors like healthcare, insurance, logistics, etc. in the coming decade. Product engineering services will be at the forefront of this change as they would play matchmakers between mobile technology and traditional sectors. In this blog, we highlight 5 key ways how mobile is transforming the healthcare industry for the better.
1. Improving patient care
Mobile apps can help reduce workloads significantly for doctors and nurses. With real-time and secure access to patient records, test results and reports, doctors can handle critical cases more efficiently than ever. As per a report, there is only 1 doctor per 2000 people in India. This low doctor-patient ratio impacts health care quality significantly. Mobile apps are helping overturn this grim situation faster than ever before.
2. Medical Care in Remote Areas
WHO states that nearly half of the people do not have access to proper healthcare. Mobile apps can help bridge this gap significantly. With mobile apps, doctors can easily offer remote medical consultation and advice as well as oversee critical invasive and surgical treatments.
3. Eliminate Medical Bill Burden
Most people today can’t afford the rising healthcare costs. Governments around the globe have tried to provide affordable healthcare and mobile apps can significantly contribute to their success. This can be particularly effective in developing and underdeveloped economies where doctors charge patients on per visit basis.
4. Medical History
Mobile apps can help efficiently manage patient medical history. Cloud-based mobile apps can be particularly helpful in this regard. Cloud apps are easy to manage, fast and secure. Hence, the patient’s medical records can be securely stored and managed. This will help reduce errors in diagnosis and treatment significantly.
5. Create Awareness
Today people are much more informed and involved in good health practices and benefits. Mobile apps can be the ideal tools to take this awareness to a new level altogether. The popularity of fitness applications (yoga, meditation, etc.), healthcare insurance apps, medical emergency apps, etc. are a good indicator of where the healthcare landscape is heading towards in the near future.
Healthcare has traditionally remained a responsibility of the state or central government. But affordable healthcare has remained a distant dream till now. Technology and mobile apps offer better and smarter ways to deliver healthcare services to the masses. Healthcare needs to be a collective effort to be successful. Mobile apps are cost-effective ways to deliver world-class yet affordable healthcare services to people living in the remotest places on earth.