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Mobile Medical Applications - Overview

Smartphones and tablets, including the Apple iPhone® and iPad® as well as Android™ mobile devices, are ubiquitous in today’s society. Smartphones and tablets are particularly important among clinicians, as those in the medical field are pressed to organize and produce more work in less time than ever before. The capacity to process, store, and retrieve information at a moment’s notice on the go makes the use of smartphones and tablets particularly attractive to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff as they struggle with increasingly higher workloads in a highly regulated professional environment.


Mobile medical apps help empower clinicians to organize their work and increase their productivity to help meet the unique challenges of they face everyday. Online mobile medical apps can allow immediate access to continually updating information through a user interface optimized for smartphones and tablets. Native medical applications can be used to retrieve reference materials, schedule appointments, organize medical information for patients, and more for portable data retrieval that works even outside of WiFi. Hybrid mobile applications allow clinicians to take advantage of app functionality without internet access, yet easily update information through online information flows and regular intervals, offering the best of both worlds.

Mobile Medical Apps - In-depth

Mobile medical applications for smartphones and tablets can be deployed for virtually any educational, training, or information storage and processing goal you can image. Continuing Medical Education (CME) and other eLearning platforms can be distributed via mobile app to help busy medical students and professionals acquire, improve, or maintain critical medical knowledge and skills no matter where they are. Developing CME and eLearning apps also allows for easy mass distribution, while also allowing for internet connectivity for tracking of global user metrics and certification as well as distribution of CME accreditation.  The touch-screen interfaces of smartphones and tablets may also contribute to usability advantages that positively benefit the learning experiences facilitated by eLearning and CME mobile applications.

Virtual medical simulations in particular work well as mobile applications, as the touch-screen interface and gyroscopic controls can be used to more closely reproduce the physics of a genuine clinical setting and thus help medical professionals achieve a technical proficiency not otherwise possible through digital simulation.  Taking advantage of these unique control capabilities can help bring gaming principles into the virtual medical simulation, driving deeper engagement that leads to greater learning outcomes, including higher information retainment as well as user satisfaction.  Today’s smartphones and tablets, with their high-resolution screens and ever-improving information processing and audio capabilities, can deliver the kind of immersive interactive environments that once were possible only on desktops and laptops.  Virtual Medical Simulations can take advantage of the advances in technology to capture attention right at the device that receives it the most, thus achieving maximum impact with clinical audiences.

Find out how you can advance clinical training and education through the design and development of custom mobile eLearning and CME applications; contact DDA Medical today.


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