With the invention and use of more digital technology, every industry is benefiting. You would think that the Healthcare Industry would be the top industry for digital transformation, but this is not the case from the patient perspective. With the exponential growth of mobile device use and the inter-connectivity and adoption of connected devices, it can be a true problem solver at the patient level. It is indisputable that with digital transformation, people have been able to live longer and healthier lives.
Digital transformation can continue to revolutionize the healthcare continuum; from patient care, and healthcare data management, monitoring of chronic diseases, patient-to-doctor communication, routine process automation, patient adherence, treatment control, and workflow optimization, among others.
All of these have been and continue to be possible through the effective use of more mobile health technologies and trends. 2018 is right around the corner, what are the trends you should be looking to integrate or upgrade in your mobile apps?
Continued emergence and growth of telemedicine
2017 saw the continued development of telemedicine; a technology that allows doctors to see and communicate with patients from wherever they are using mobile devices and computers. Patients and doctors can discuss and receive prescriptions, check-ups and other medical attention can be performed without the need to travel to see a doctor face-to-face.
Many doctors have said they believe that telemedicine offers promising benefits for treating and managing chronic conditions, far beyond the normal office visit. Patients are fast becoming more comfortable with the opportunity of discussing their medical concerns out of the office setting; at home or elsewhere. This technology provides a freedom not accessible in normal office visit setting and an increased communication with the doctor, as well as saving money and time. Just this week, the federal government, a staunch slow adopter, expanded the adoption of telemedicine in the latest Veterans Administration (VA) legislation.
Increased telehealth apps and wearable IoT now available for mobile devices
More apps are being created and used to monitor and help with healthcare. Programs that are delivering health support such as clinical education and e-learning are improving clinical outcomes as well as reducing costs for patients. Now, mobile devices and their inter-connected counterparts, as small or smaller than some cell phones can perform EKGs, blood tests or serve as thermometers, all on the go. Mobile devices have empowered patients to check their weight, pulse, or oxygen levels and enter results into patient portals, or have it do it automatically in real-time to their physicians.
There are many potential areas where wearables can help: wearable motion sensors and biofeedback actuators can help prevent falls for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other conditions that affect balance and stability.
These devices can help predict one’s risk factors for heart attacks, illnesses, or accidents ultimately saving lives.
Get ready for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in mobile health care industry
Healthcare IT companies are working at a frenzied pace to design algorithms that not only capture patient’s data but that can also use the same data to provide clinicians with actionable insights. AI is set to transform every industry especially healthcare into a lean mean helpful machine! The monitoring benefits of the mobile apps are increased by the analysis of the AI which in-turn aids in the communication between the physician and the patient to address issues and increase wellness.
Patient Centered Care with Personalization
The next step in technology upgrades with healthcare mobile apps is the personalization and culture change that are essential elements for healthcare organizations. To truly change customers’ experience, organizations should focus on how they want to interact with customers and what they want patients to feel.
Using digital tech, especially mobile solutions, healthcare organization can transform the patient experience by focusing on three key objectives by creating a unique and customized experiences for patients, involving staff in design and completing and upgrading their strategy for patient centered care.
Start and don’t stop your digital transformation
Mobile health is a comparatively new phenomenon in the healthcare environment. With that being said, the technologies that are involved have massive potentials of becoming one of the most effective options for delivering better and positioned health services. As healthcare organizations and providers look forward to enhancing their abilities to diagnose and evaluate patients via mobile devices, 2018 is sure to see an exponential growth of great mobile health solutions.