There’s a Healthy app for that

DSCN0129With smart-phones becoming more popular, having a strong app is helping healthcare providers engage their patients.

It is no secret that consumers are using their smart-phones more than ever on a daily basis. There are so many different apps out there that help people stay updated with the daily occurrences of their life. Even when we are looking for popular places to eat we find ourselves thinking “There’s an app for that”.

How does this translate into healthcare? More healthcare providers are using apps for smart phones to engage their patients from finding locations, tracking your health and researching a health topic.

According to Brian Dolan’s article on How Congress almost delayed the FDA’s mobile medical app guidance the number of smartphone users using medical apps will grow to 500 million by 2015. Given this statistic it is vital that healthcare providers stay updated with engaging their patients with their app.

Dr. Thomas P. Sullivan a radiologist at Loyola Chicago University explains he would like the apps to “track history, procedures, results, integrates with insurance plans to track expenses towards premiums and deductibles and schedule the appointments.” Doctors and nurses have enough on their plate. Creating apps that will assist in the treatment plan will help both the patient and the doctors.

 Top 5 benefits of Healthcare apps

  1. Helps patients find locations: Getting sick is no fun. Dealing with complicated urgent care locations can be very time-consuming and exhausting, especially when you are sick. These apps help patients easily find locations near them at the touch of their finger tips.
  2. Helps patients with research: The internet is abundant with information. An average Google search can often confuse patients when researching a condition or symptom. The University of Colorado Health app specifically lays out research topics in four specific categories. Disease and conditions, tests and procedures, health tips, and first aid.
  3. Patients typically know how to use a smartphone: Three year olds now know the basics of using a smartphone. Healthcare providers do not need to worry about most of their consumers being able to use the app.
  4. Cost savings for healthcare providers: Guy Smallman explains The benefits of apps in healthcare that apps are inexpensive to produce and update, especially when compared to other training tools
  5. Keep patients out of the doctor’s office: So many health care provider’s mission is to prevent patients from making unnecessary trips to the doctor. These apps assist unnecessary trips to the doctor. The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings explains that these types of algorithms could save money because it would free consumers to self-diagnose for common problems and therefore save unnecessary trips to a doctor’s office.

Take Away:

Smart Phones are allowing consumers to access information faster and easier. As a result health care providers are engaging their patients using healthcare apps. These healthcare apps help patients find locations, find research, consumers are familiar with smartphones, apps can be cost saving, and finally apps keep patients out of the doctor’s office.

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