Because of the fast pace at which technology evolved in the last couple of decades, the health industry, amongst many others, experienced a lot of change. Even if the changes were fundamental, the health sector still operates in a similar manner as it did decades ago. And, because of that, there’s a great opportunity for improvement.
The era of mobile applications has started thanks to the great improvements that happened to mobile technologies lately. Considering how efficient the usage of a mobile application can be, and how widespread smartphones are nowadays, the next trend in healthcare is going to be mobile. There are good reasons for such a trend considering that mobile applications could entirely change the way hospitals operate.
When it comes to a medical app, there are a few key features that every consumer is looking for, and hospitals should make sure to implement in their app. Quite a couple of hospitals are keeping digital medical records of their patients but, slim to none of those patients have direct access to their records.
The creation of an app that can allow patients to check out their medical records from their phone, in real time, could be game-changing. Such a feature would allow hospitals to save up a lot of money since the staff wouldn’t have to spend their time searching for medical records anymore.
Through a hospital app, patients could have the possibility to connect directly with their doctors and book, modify and cancel appointments with only a few clicks. Such a feature would allow for way better communication to take place between the hospital and the clients, saving the doctors a lot of time.
Considering how much time and money hospitals could save with such an app, more of them should start focusing their resources on medical application development.
Ideally, each hospital would have a centralized application that stores data and has a profile about every patient. Such a profile that would be updated constantly with accurate data that could help doctors diagnose and treat the patient’s diseases more effectively.
Those records and databases could get updated in real time by health data coming from a device that’s being worn by the patient. Such a wearable device combined with a hospital application could allow doctors to monitor the health of their patients in real time.
With such accurate and live statistics, doctors would be able to give their patients live recommendations and even have an intervention in case of an emergency. Through the same application, doctors could monitor when the patients are running low on medicaments, and order them more, or even make them new prescriptions based on their evolution.
Even if at the moment the market for wellness applications is pretty big, hospital medical apps can accomplish things that go way beyond consumer uses and can save people’s lives. At the moment, not many hospitals have developed their own apps but, it’s just a matter of time until they become the norm.
Besides the advantages that hospitals would get from these apps, the patients themselves would also benefit a lot. Being able to check your medical records, and update your data live through wearable devices while getting real-time advice from your doctor could be a life-saving model for many.