Medical Apps for the New Mobile World
There’s simply no denying it: more and more, both healthcare providers and consumers are utilizing mobile health (mHealth) technologies to transform the delivery of healthcare. The boom in sales of mobile devices with advanced computing, communication, and interactive technologies, from the Apple iPhone® and iPad® to Android™ tablets and smartphones and more, has led to an increasing production of innovative medical and healthcare IT applications designed to take full advantage of these devices’ capabilities. Mobile healthcare apps, especially those with the ability to process electronic health records (EHRs), can help to facilitate communications between primary doctors, patients, specialists, pharmacists, and others to speed the delivery of service and make all interactions more efficient.
Mobile medical apps have been tailored to serve a variety of purposes, helping both providers and consumers. Some of the more exciting developments in mHealth software technologies include the following:
- patient education apps
- augmented reality apps
- virtual medical simulations
- mobile eLearning apps
- gamified medical training apps
- healthcare IT apps that utilize electronic health records (EHRs)
- disease management apps for patients
Innovations in mHealth
Some of the first mobile medical applications to be created allowed patients to manage various conditions while tracking their overall progress toward desired health outcomes. These mobile medical apps were particularly suited for iPhones and Android smartphones, as they could offer continual monitoring and support for those with long-term or chronic conditions. For example, such mHealth apps could be used to remind patients when to take their medications, or could help diabetics schedule glucose testing and various intervals. They can also be used to track meals, exercise activities, body mass index (BMI), symptoms, and other relevant health information. This information can then be shared with clinicians so that they can get a clearer understanding of their patients’ day-to-day health.
MHealth technologies have been utilized especially for education of both patients and providers. Mobile applications, particularly those for tablets such as the iPad, have increasingly been deployed for the purposes of educating patients about diseases, conditions, and treatments. For example, mobile medical apps can illustrate the steps of a surgical procedure in a step-by-step and interactive process. Mobile apps have also been used in gamified training apps that test clinicians on their understanding of how to deal with a variety of health scenarios. In these medical apps, game mechanics are utilized to stress the importance of not only accurate but timely decision-making. Likewise, mobile eLearning apps can take advantage of the interactive and multimedia features of mobile devices to provide more advanced education to clinicians wherever they may be. Perhaps the pinnacle of mHealth development, however, is the Virtual Medical Simulation, which presents clinicians with a virtual reality lab environment to learn new procedures and test their knowledge interactively.
DDA Apps has been a leader in the field of mobile medical applications, advancing technologies such as Personal Health Records, mobile eLearning technologies, Virtual Medical Simulations, and more. DDA’s broad list of capabilities and service offerings allows the company to design and develop an exceptional range of interactive multimedia platforms for virtually any device you can imagine. With a professional staff including programmers, illustrators, animators, videographers, graphic designers, interactivity specialists, writers, IT support staff, and more, DDA has everything you need to achieve your vision. Learn about how your organization can take the leap into the future of medicine: contact DDA Apps today.
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