As we have entered the digital age, we have become more and more attached to our smartphones and other devices, and not just to keep up with trends or for sentimental reasons. Smartphones have become so integrated with our lives that we have increasingly relied on it to manage our schedules, organize work and business processes, stay informed, and connected through social networks, forever changing our way of we live.Â Â In todayâ€™s world, people solve the majority of their vital problems using their smartphones. The healthcare industry is no exception, especially in our new COVID-19 realities where so much depends on the remote services. Add to that the growing prevalence of chronic diseases and the rising use of wearables. The mHealth (Mobile + Health) industry is thriving in the world making the future of healthcare app development look bright. In this article we will see how healthcare app development has an impact.
What is the Healthcare Software Industry?
The healthcare industry has long ago distanced itself from the concept of waiting rooms. Present-day consumers of healthcare industry expect to receive something more than just regular coverage and annual medical examination. Demand for innovations and 24/7 support continues to grow. Especially, after wearable and other connecting devices became available to masses.Â
New diagnostic and treatment options emerged, provided by innovative technologies including those related to medical mobile app development. This is the reason why the healthcare industry started growing.Â
What is mHealth?
mHealth is an abbreviation for mobile health, a term used for the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices.Â
mHealth broadly encompasses the use of mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies as they are integrated within increasingly mobile and wireless health care delivery systems. The field broadly encompasses the use of mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies in health care delivery.Â
The mobile healthcare market can be divided into 2 main areas:
Facts about Healthcare apps.
Factors Contributing to Growth of Mobile Health App Services.
5 major factors as identified by J\’son & Partners Consulting-
Types of Healthcare Apps.
To be precise we can divide it into 3 major categories-
-Fitness and wellness apps
-Mental health apps (including meditation)
-Applications for caring for the elderly and sick people
-Patientâ€™s well-being diaries, vital signs monitoring (blood pressure, pulse, glucometer data)
-Health management apps such as water monitoring, calorie calculator, diet tips, etc.
-Social networking, health forums, and portals
-Assistants for pregnant women
FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS-
-Medical resource and education apps that contain information about drugs, medical articles, or lists of symptoms
-Clinical assistance apps with EMR and -EHR access
-Appointment and scheduling
Initial Requirements and Healthcare App Features.
Medical Center or Clinic
Features of doctor appointment booking applications must include:
Drug store and Pharmaceuticals
In mosy cases, customers come to a drug store without visiting a doctor, and not knowing exactly what medicine they should buy. Healthcare app is one possible way to make your costumers choose you. In today\’s case, they want to know the most effective one. In this case, mHealth might come in handy.Â
Following functions are to be performed-
Benefits of Mobile Medical Apps:
Multiple wearable devices are now available to help end-users (not limited to patients) to track and manage health data without physically going to a hospital or medical clinic. Fitbit, Apple, Samsung, Garmin, and many others have manufactured wearable devices to monitor the health, diet, sleep, and well-being of end-users makes them more aware and conscious of their general well-being more than ever before.Â
You wonâ€™t run out of apps to choose from either, because according to research2guidance, the mHealth app market will grow by 15% to reach $31 billion by 2020. As of this year, there are 165,000 mobile medical apps available on the market. Medical professionals continue to create mobile medical apps for specific uses and work hand-in-hand with manufacturers to deliver mobile medical apps and mobile technology to serve end-users better. Even remote areas that often lack attention, accessibility, and resources can enjoy immediate treatment and information with the help of these apps. mHealth technology has increased ground support for local medical professionals and humanitarian workers serving in these remote, underprivileged locations.Â
Mobile medical apps also allow patients to have online consultations with their doctors, secure messaging systems that inform loved ones when their relative is out of surgery and enhances communications amongst practitioners. More and more medical practitioners are equipping themselves with tablets in the office and hospital to ensure their available access to their patients. When time is of the essence, mobile medical apps and the mHealth technology helps doctors save more lives as they are enabled to give help immediately and remotely, preceding needed medical attention the patient needs