Personal Health Records in the Palm of Your Hand

We’ve come a long way since the days of never-ending file cabinets and manila folders. Still, when it comes to medical information, we have a lot more work to do. Since the advent of electronic health records (EHRs) about two decades ago, clinicians have realized the tremendous advantages that come with storing data digitally. Advances in healthcare IT, whether in the form of mHealth mobile healthcare applications, electronic health records, or other eHealth technologies, have helped medical practitioners speed up service times, reduce costs associated with producing, storing, and transferring hard copies of medical data, and have even improved patient safety. These advances have not yet impacted healthcare consumers as dramatically . . . until now.

Making it Personal: mHealth Apps for Personal Health Records

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that in a country where new advances in medical care are being developed every day, with an eager media ready to diligently spread the word, that consumers would increasingly rely on digital technologies to aid their decision-making processes in regards to healthcare. The massive proliferation of medical websites aimed at the average layperson demonstrates that more Americans want to take ownership of their own healthcare than ever before. Although some have expressed a degree of caution about the amount of self-diagnoses that this trend may encourage, overall many doctors will tell you that it is much easier to engage a patient who has an active interest in their own healthcare than one who does not. The more active a patient is in understanding their illness, its cause, and its treatment, the more likely that patient is to follow through with the doctor’s orders.

Mobile applications designed for the collection, storage, and retrieval of personal health records represent one of the best ways to facilitate the kind of patient engagement that doctors love so much to see. By keeping personal accounts of symptoms, medications, therapies, and basic health data such as weight, BMI, and even blood pressure, consumers will have a clearer outlook on their health over time than ever before. By wrapping up these records in attractive, interactive, and easy to use mobile medical apps for their smartphone or tablet, they not only ensure that they can stay involved in the upkeep of this data, but they will even be able to easily share the data they collect with their healthcare providers.

Keeping Them Involved

In order to be successful, though, mHealth applications need to be designed with the appropriate audience in mind. Archaic medical terminology can be even more intimidating on a touch screen than in a doctor’s office, as you may not have any help in deciphering the language found there. In addition to well-thought out navigation, a good mobile medical app should have interactive features that help inspire commitment to desired health outcomes. Employing game mechanics like points, challenges, and badges for achievement can all further fuel engagement and follow through. Sharing your accomplishments online within social media platforms can inspire active engagement even further.

DDA Apps has been in the business of engaging consumers with inspired interactive digital technologies since its inception. A diverse staff featuring writers, graphic designers, illustrators, animators, 3D specialists, programmers, IT support staff, and more gives DDA Apps an expansive skill set that allows it to create unique, custom online and mobile apps that are second-to-none. Advanced programming and interactivity features coupled with DDA’s non-internet facing database and HIPPA-compliant servers contribute to robust platforms that can effectively process even the most advanced medical data. Throughout its history, DDA has been committed to aesthetic excellence, and has acquired extensive experience translating complex medical terminology into language that can easily be understood by the average layperson. These factures ensure that any mHealth application DDA creates will generate the kind of lasting engagement that leads to successful outcomes for both users and medical organizations. When you are ready to learn how employing the latest in technology can empower your medical organization to reach its goals, contact DDA Apps.

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