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Mobile apps in the focus of healthcare industry

  1. 1. ©2011 by EliNext GroupMobile Apps in the Focus ofHealthcare IndustryRecent findings of healthcare researchcompanies indicate that mobile platforms areredefining the medical industry and thetraditional doctor-patient relationship. Bothhealthcare providers and consumers are usingsmartphones and tablets as a means to achievebetter results in the sphere of medical care.The practice of using mobilecommunication devices,such as smartphones, tabletsand PDAs, for healthservices and information hasgot the name of mHealth (ormobile health). Thus,mHealth applications allowpatients to manage andimprove health by collecting information about their vital signs anddelivering it to practitioners in order to receive the appropriateconsultations or treatment. However, not only consumers aretaking advantage of mobile technologies, since mHealth
  2. 2. ©2011 by EliNext Groupapplications are to a great extent designed for healthcareprofessionals, including doctors, clinicians, and nurses that needreal-time access to patients histories, appointment schedules, drugprescription details, billing data, and other practice relatedinformation.A huge number of medical companies and institutions have alreadyrecognized the potential of mobile applications for healthcare.They allocate budgets and invest in developing medical apps formobile devices, such as, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, as wellsother popular smartphones, tablets, and PDAs. Nowadays thereexist several thousands of mobile health apps. Such applicationsare intended for the following purposes:• Mobile apps provide healthcare specialists with real-timeaccess to the medical records of patients and allow trackingtheir physical state indicators, symptoms, disease flow,nutrition habits etc.• Healthcare apps enhance such procedures as scheduling andbilling, medication prescribing and drug interaction checking.• Mobile healthcare apps facilitate communication betweendoctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, forexample, through discussions of medical cases in onlineforums.• Mobile apps can provide users with the information aboutlocal healthcare facilities, as well as with an access to asearchable database of available physicians, dentists,
  3. 3. ©2011 by EliNext Groupcosmetologists, etc.• Healthcare applications can help in epidemic outbreakforecast and monitoring.• Mobile apps may contribute to the promotion of healthcareeducation and wellness awareness.In such a way, the positive features of mHealth apps lead to theproductivity increase of healthcare businesses, as well as to the
  4. 4. ©2011 by EliNext Groupimprovement of medical information collection and transmission,since such apps allow healthcare specialists to work remotely andstill to have access to the critical medical data. This makes itpossible to provide customers with diagnostic and treatmentsupport.The technical level of mHealth applications is increasing and theyare getting more sophisticated. Moreover, according to certainstudies, it is expected that 500 million people will be usinghealthcare mobile apps in 2015. Therefore, the development andimplementation of such mHealth applications is a businessguideline for healthcare companies wishing to successfully operateon the medical care market. More and more traditional healthcareproviders are already widening their health services by suggestingconsumers an option to make use of helpful mobile applications.Industries and Technology Areas:Industries: healthcare, medicine, insuranceTechnology Areas: mobile applications development,smartphones, iPhone, iPad, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, WindowsMobile, tablet, PDA
  5. 5. ©2011 by EliNext GroupELINEXT GROUPWebsite: http://www.elinext.comEmail: info@elinext.comBlog: http://software-topics.comFacebook: officeMarina House, Adelphi QuayWaterford, Republic of IrelandPhone: +353 (51) 347 477Belarus Development Center155b Bogdanovich St.220040 Minsk, BelarusPhone: +375 (17) 237 53 65Vietnam Development Center37A Phan Xich Long St.Ward 3, Phu Nhuan DistrictHo Chi Minh City, VietnamPhone: +84 (8) 3995 6849Suggested citation: EliNext Group.2011.“Mobile Apps in the Focus of Healthcare Industry”<>