Mobile Medical Apps: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century
Providing care for ill and disabled individuals is one of the most important things one can do for loved ones in this life, and it isn’t easy. With the continuing rise in the number of Baby Boomers approaching their golden years, the demand for caregivers will only continue to rise. Simultaneously, this same trend is pushing up the cost of healthcare throughout American society, leading to fewer and fewer families being able to employ professional caregivers for their loved ones. The Family Caregiver Alliance found that as recently as November 2012, up to 65.7 million Americans, comprising 29% of the adult population, was caring for someone who was ill, disabled, or aged.[i] This represented up to $450 billion per year in 2009 in unpaid work, up from $275 billion just two years prior,[ii] demonstrating the truly indispensable nature of the work that these caregivers provide.
Helping Those Who Care for Others
Thankfully, advances in mHealth technologies are stepping in to make these caregivers’ work easier. Utilizing the latest in mobile medical applications, caregivers can help bring balance to their professional and unpaid work. Whether designed for an Apple iPad®, iPhone®, or Android™ tablet or smartphone, mobile medical apps can utilize a mobile device’s built-in GPS to track the location of individuals on a map in real time, which can be invaluable for those caring for people with physical or mental disabilities. Mobile medical apps could even be programmed to recognize certain areas as safe or unsafe, alerting caregivers whenever a loved one may have traveled outside a designated safe zone. This same technology can bring peace of mind to any parent concerned for their child’s welfare, whether or not they have a physical or mental challenge which may make them more vulnerable than the average child.
Medical apps can also be designed to help coordinate and facilitate regular care. Automatic reminders for taking prescriptions could prove to be invaluable for those with memory problems. Likewise, calendars and push notifications can be used to help individuals and families alike make sure that they get to all their medical appointments in a timely manner. Caregivers can set reminders for themselves to follow up with those that they love on a regular basis, to ensure compliance with recommended treatments as well as overall comfort level for these individuals. Additionally, RSS news feeds and social media platforms can be integrated to give users a broader understanding of the challenges they face and how to overcome them.
DDA Apps has produced a wide array of solutions for the medical industry, ranging from mobile-optimized websites and online apps, to hybrid mobile apps and true native apps designed for optimum performance on specific mobile platforms. No matter what the platform, whether it’s the Apple iPhone or iPad, Android smartphone or tablet, Windows® smartphone, or just about any other mobile device you can image, DDA has the skills and experience necessary to make a mobile medical app work for you. Plus, with a broad list of capabilities ranging from copywriting, graphic design, illustration, animation programming, videography, photography, and more, you can rest assured that no matter how complex, how intricate, or how original your concept may be, DDA has the skills to bring it into fruition. Come and see what mobile medical apps can do to help your organization; contact DDA today.
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[i] “Fact Sheet: Selected Caregiver Statistics.” November 2012. Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving. Family Caregiver Alliance. May 9, 2013: http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=439