Healthcare is a term we hear all the time.
It’s talked about constantly and is always on the news.
We hear about aspects of healthcare like affordability, quality and access to care. One thing we don’t hear a ton about is the advances in healthcare technology; specifically, in health technology apps. With 89% of total mobile media time spent in apps, it seems like a no brainer that the healthcare industry should be utilizing this space. And luckily, they finally have.
There are many reasons why mobile health, or mHealth, apps are such a positive thing. To name only a few benefits: they help reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits; are convenient, allowing greater patient engagement; lower health related costs; and can increase quality of care.
While there are several hundreds of thousands mHealth apps in app stores today, we want to talk about just a few that are worth your attention.
This app is one of the most popular mHealth apps used by both Android and iOS users today. With this app, you are able to keep track of the well-being of both children and adults. With the symptom checker in the app, you are able to choose the part of the body that is troubling you (or your child, friend, etc.), select your symptoms, and get info about your condition. Physicians prove and review all the medical data, so you know it’s correct. You can also access drug and treatment information, get medication reminders, help identify pills and medications, get updates on key health topics, and save what you search and learn for quick access to the health tips most relevant to you. And better yet, it’s FREE!
Medisafe is one of the most popular medication management apps today and is ranked #1 by pharmacists. Whether you are taking one drug dosage or many more, you know how difficult it is to remember to take each pill right on time. And if you are a caretaker for a child, parent or patient, you know how stressful it can be not knowing if your loved one took their medications correctly. This app essentially serves as a pillbox, but on your phone. It stores and keeps track of schedules of pill intake and their dosage. It differentiates all pills by color using image capturing. It then sends push notifications to the patient’s phone or gives them a phone call (whichever they prefer) when it is time to take their pill. Make sure you or your loved one never forget to take your pills on time again!
This app allows you to see a doctor over a video consultation. These doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, andyou can see one immediately or schedule an appointment if you would prefer. These doctors can write you a prescription, answer your questions and perform exams. They can treat non-emergency medical issues such as a cold, the flu, urinary tract infections, allergies, respiratory infections, sports injuries, back pain, heart burn, dermatology problems, eye issues and many more. There are also mental health doctors available to discuss depression and anxiety. Doctor On Demand is open to everyone and the services are available with or without insurance. You can even see exactly what your visit will cost before you connect. Find a time that works for you and avoid the hassle of a waiting room!
It is clear to see why these apps would be beneficial – and we only talked about three of them! Be sure to check out what mHealth apps are available to you today.