How Mobile Medicine Improves Healthcare

Ask anyone who owns a smartphone or tablet what type of mobile applications they have on their device, and chances are they will name at least one medical app. As consumers try to keep up with the technological Jones’ they are quickly realizing that their investment has a greater reward than photo editing tools and Facebook updates. Consumers are turning to mobile banking and mobile medicine (among other applications) as a means to live fuller and more enriched lives, as well as to multitask anytime, anywhere. Gone are the days of a bulky “cell phone” and in its place are slim-lined personal digital assistants (PDAs). In turn, consumers are looking for specific features that optimize their mobile capabilities.

To supply the demand, healthcare professionals, medical device manufacturers, and biotech companies not only need to go mobile, but carefully strategize the development of applications that provide consumers the tools they need to be better patients. Today’s top or best-selling mobile medical apps are typically functional variations of the following types:

Medical Diary of Symptoms Apps

Patient and physician communication is key in tracking the health and well-being of a patient with a challenging or life-threatening disease or condition. In just one day, patients can experience a variety of symptoms that range from mild to severe. Accurately logging these symptoms and communicating them to practitioners helps healthcare professionals track a patient’s progress, evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment, and determine whether a change in dosage or prescription is needed.

Risk Assessment Apps

As we go about our lives, we make decisions about our daily level of activity, the food or drinks we consume, and the medications or vitamins we put into our systems. Knowing the risks involved with these items helps us make well-informed decisions. Medical apps for Apple products like iPhones and iPads or Android devices that focus on risk assessment give patients the information they need to maintain or improve their health.

Monitor, Manage, and Motivate Apps

These days, mobile medical apps are growing legs. Electrodes, heart monitors, or a host of other devices can wirelessly transmit a patient’s medical data directly to his or her mobile application. This way, patients can monitor things like their blood sugar or stress, track this information and see how it measures up, and find out about important tips that can help patients achieve normal levels on the spot. Patients can be motivated through gamification techniques, and gender- and age-specific alerts can remind users of recommended preventative screenings.

Go mobile with DDA Apps. We’ll work with you to design a medical app that provides your patients with the specific features that will help them live a better quality of life and the communication tools that enable you to ensure that quality of life is maintained for a lifetime. Contact us at 215-355-6442 or to learn more.