Mobile Apps are continually changing the world we live in, with remarkable new applications being developed every day. Health and hospital apps, in particular, represent an area of incredible innovation, as ordinary people and their doctors are able to use these apps to gain data and provide insights with an ease that we have never seen before. These apps can save you time, money and more and more each day, they may be able to save your life.
Below are 5 of the many ways that health app innovation is revolutionizing the health industry.
1. Instant medical data from patient to doctor (Without an office visit!)
Apps connected to wearable devices are becoming prevalent in the industry. The Economist recently described how a high blood pressure patient was prescribed a wrist monitor, which takes his blood pressure throughout the day and transmits the data to a smartphone app. The app sends the readings directly to the doctor. As the article says, “Portable blood-pressure monitors have been around for a while. But the idea of linking a tiny, wearable one to a smartphone and a software app is an example of how entrepreneurs are harnessing wireless technology to create innovative services.”
2. Treatment and living assistance for Alzheimer’s patients
Alzheimer’s disease remains one of the leading causes of death in America, yet mobile apps are providing a means to collect data and offer treatment to those suffering from the disease, as well as potentially finding a way to prevent it. Several industries are creating recall game apps to stimulate brain activity and prevent or delay the effects of dementia. Innovative apps in the industry have even worked on using facial recognition technology and photo prompts to help patients remember their loved ones.
3. Expediting emergency room check-ins and reducing wait times
It’s always extremely frustrating when you badly twist an ankle, or are burning with a fever and you go to the ER, just to sit in a waiting room for hours waiting to be seen. Mobile apps have been tackling this problem too. There are apps now which provide ER wait times for multiple facilities while some hospitals have mobile apps which allow online check-in well before you arrive, and in some, non-life threatening cases, can allow you to check-in and wait at home, giving you a set time to come in and be seen.
4. Medication reminders and provider notification
There are times when people have so many prescriptions they can hardly keep track of them all, and that can be deadly. Health app innovation has created solutions for this as well. Mobile apps can be used to track medication intake, set reminders for dosage and time, and, in one application, with the help of a special tracking pill, will even notify caregivers if a dosage is missed. These apps are not all singularly focused, however, The HCHC Healthy Living app in particular will track medications, medical appointments, allergies as well as several other healthy living tips all at the touch of a smartphone
5. Instant medical advice and assistance anywhere with your smartphone
Many quality health apps exist to give the patient instant medical advice at the touch of a phone. Pregnancy apps can guide women throughout the entire course of their pregnancy from pre-conception to post-partum. Diabetes apps can help monitor and record blood sugar levels and send treatment reminders. The mobile app has truly enabled patient-doctor interaction in an easier and much more cost-effective way. In a vast field, with many varying needs, mobile apps are finding ways to reach us all.
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