Since the introduction of the smartphone, there has been an explosion in the creation of mobile apps. Today, there seem to be apps that can do just about everything –– from playing simple games to managing robust financial portfolios; the mobile revolution has taken the world by storm. And in its wake, has caused disruption in nearly every industry.
Mobile apps have created an evolving business environment, and for some, it can be difficult to tell which industry will be the next to undergo radical changes. You don’t have to be a fortune teller, however, to realize that the healthcare industry is ripe for innovation. This industry is on the verge of completely transforming as groups of innovators and digital disruptors set their sights on revolutionizing the ways we receive care. Here are just a few ways that mobile apps are starting to influence and transform our healthcare system.
Increased Patient Engagement
Getting patients to follow through with their prescribed treatment regimen is a big issue for many healthcare providers. It’s difficult to get anyone to do anything outside their normal routine and this fact doesn’t change simply because a doctor told you to do something.
Patients not following their treatment plan after they leave the hospital or doctor’s office leads to high readmittance rates. This puts a burden on healthcare facilities and increases the cost of services. Through the use of mobile apps designed to increase patient engagement, however, it might be possible to help people follow through with their care plan, thereby reducing readmittance rates.
Think of an app that reminds people to take their prescription or notifies them when it’s time to refill their prescription. You could also make an application that helps people stick to a physical therapy rehabilitation routine by letting them see which exercise they need to do and when.
Going to the doctor’s office can be a hassle. Long waits and high costs oftentimes keeps people from seeking the care they need. It might not be necessary to physically go to the doctor every time you have a sniffle or sore muscle, though.
With the increased quality of video conferencing software, it might be possible to simply have a video call with a doctor. Assuming you don’t have a severe medical issue, the doctor could diagnose and prescribe treatment without you having to leave the comfort of your living room. Utilizing telemedicine has the potential to greatly reduce hospital’s patient loads and to deliver care to a far greater number of people than is currently possible.
Better Access to Care
Anyone who has tried to schedule a doctor’s visit knows it can be a pain. While there might be plenty of doctors in your area, you still need to find one that is on your insurance carrier’s network. Finding a specialist for certain procedures is even more difficult.
Mobile apps can make this process easier and faster by helping you search for and find doctors within your insurer’s network. After all, if your iPhone can help you and your friends decide on a restaurant, there is no reason it can’t also help you find the medical care you need.
Promoting Better Health
A big part of healthcare is simply promoting behaviors that reduce the need for healthcare. With the rise of wearable technology, it’s easier than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s also possible to use apps to develop and adhere to workout routines and diets. Keeping people healthy goes a long way towards lowering the cost of services and reducing the provider’s patient load.
While mobile apps aren’t a silver bullet for all the healthcare system’s woes, they can help solve some of the industry’s most pressing issues. As technology gets more powerful and more accessible, you can expect to see an increase in innovative solutions aimed at delivering better care.
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