This day in age, we turn to technology for all of our answers. We search for the possible causes and treatments for a tickle in our throat or a bump on our arm. We use our mobile devices and apps as maintenance tools for diabetes, logging fitness and nutrition, etc.
This ever-growing industry of health related applications on mobile devices (referred to as mHealth) is predicted to grow annually at a rate of 33.5% between 2015 and 2020 according to an Allied Market Research report. As our population turns to quick-access information through the use of apps, there is a big push and desire for physicians to utilize these as well, especially at the point-of-care. Health care apps are quick, convenient, and easily transported, unlike the five pound Physicians’ Desk Reference. Moral of the story: if you’re not using mobile health apps in your practice, you should be.
As of 2016, 72% of physicians already use their smartphones and tablets to access drug information, 63% access medical research, and 44% communicate with nurses and other staff from smartphones. In addition, 90% of respondents to a 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey state they are utilizing mobile devices within their organizations to engage patients in their healthcare and believe mHealth apps can improve patients’ health.
mHealth apps are no longer just for patients, but are efficient and effective tools for the providers in the healthcare industry. Winona Cruzan at Medical Web Experts stated that “a mobile healthcare app may just be your hospital’s best decision of 2017.”
These solutions save time and money, which allow physicians to focus on what really matters, the patients. The apps also help to alleviate the struggles of healthcare providers and supply technologically advanced solutions for every day, costly pain points in the healthcare industry. In addition to convenience, mHealth apps can be tools for information and time management, health record maintenance and access, reference and information gathering, patient management and monitoring, clinical decision-making, and medical education and training.
Written by: Andrea Sauppe