Take Charge of Your Health with Medical Websites and Apps
Increasingly, consumers are actively exploring health information, diagnoses, and treatment options through a variety of medical websites and applications tailored for use on not only traditional desktops and laptops, but also on devices such as the Apple iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ tablets and smartphones. Indeed, a recent study by Manhattan Research found that 45% of U.S. healthcare consumers use some form of social media, medical website, or healthcare application to either learn more about their health or share their knowledge with others (“Health consumers’ digital adoption gets more social”). The variety of ways in which mobile health applications and medical sites can play a part in healthcare consumers’ lives is astounding, and includes the following examples:
- Using online blogs, message boards, patient testimonials, and health ratings boards to communicate about health and healthcare experiences
- Using search engines to find healthcare information online
- Sending data to a healthcare provider to manage a medical condition
- Tracking and managing a medical condition using a smartphone
- Using a prescription/refill reminder service
- Finding recipes online and using meal planners and nutrition tracking programs
- Using apps to keep to an exercise schedule
- Participating in online support networks for health and medical conditions
- Using applications and websites to check symptoms
- Managing insurance benefits online
- Locating doctors and health services online
- Watching health-related videos online, covering items such as news, treatment options, exercise and fitness, and healthy living.
Rapid Growth in the Medical Applications Market
Despite the already high rate of use of online healthcare media and medical applications, this market sector is only projected to grow. Indeed, the market forecast for medical applications, already growing faster than other types of applications, projects a 25% annual growth rate for the next five years (“Analysis: App-Happy Health Care Full of Optimism, Money”). A huge driver for this is the trend of healthcare consumers becoming more engaged and proactive with their healthcare. Increasingly, consumers are learning to rely more on themselves for both healthcare information and disease management. The continued and accelerating use of eHealth technologies, including particularly mHealth applications on platforms such as the iPhone, iPad, and Android tablets and smartphones, will only serve to accelerate this trend.
Doctor iPhone – mHealth Applications Today
Even a cursory look at some of the medical apps available on mobile phones and tablets today reveals the huge potential that mHealth technologies represent to the healthcare consumer. There are numerous medical applications available to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, heart rhythm and more. Many of these programs go the next step and automatically chart these statistics out so that users can discover longer term trends as they start to evolve. This simple use of database technology has the potential to do wonders for encouraging continued active engagement with treatment and disease management plans.
DDA Medical has pioneered a wide variety of medical applications and online medical platforms. Also, as a universal developer, DDA can program for any device imaginable, from Android smartphones and tablets, the Apple iPhone and iPad, and more, to online platforms optimized for performance on not just desktops and laptops but these same mobile devices as well. Additionally, DDA Medical offers hosting on secure, HIPPA-compliant servers, with database hosting available on non-internet facing servers for the greatest protection available for sensitive medical information. When your organization is ready to help healthcare consumers actively participate in their own disease treatment and management via the incredible potentials found in eHealth technologies, contact DDA Medical.
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