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  • 1. How  Mobile  Apps  in  Healthcare   Can  Help  Pa5ents  and  Reduce   Costs ©  TechAhead
  • 2. How Mobile Apps in Healthcare Can Help Patients and Reduce CostsSince the launch of the Apple iPhone in 2007, several mobile apps for healthcarehave been launched on the iTunes store. This phenomenon is not restricted to theiPhone alone. Android Market too has a separate section for Healthcare apps. Byusing a combination of software applications and hardware devices, mobiledevices can benefit patients as well as doctors and hospitals by providing efficienthealth monitoring at reduced costs. Until now, Mobile Healthcare apps have beenin use mainly in developed countries, where they have been utilised for providinghealth monitoring or wireless consultations. However, with the growing use ofmobile devices in developing countries, these apps can help deliver qualityhealthcare even to patients in remote villages in Bangladesh, Pakistan or India. ©  TechAhead
  • 3. How Mobile Apps in Healthcare Can Help Patients and Reduce CostsAccording to a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group and Telenor,there are around 500 mobile healthcare projects that are being run worldwide. Areport by Juniper Research predicts that there will be 3 million users of remotemonitoring apps by 2016. There is no doubt about the tremendous opportunity inthe mobile healthcare sector, but there are also several challenges that providersand users will have to overcome before it can be adopted on a larger scale. ©  TechAhead
  • 4. How Mobile Apps in Healthcare Can Help Patients and Reduce CostsThe largest portion of revenues from Mobile Healthcare apps will probably comefrom customers, especially with smartphones gaining popularity. From an appthat helps in managing medication schedules to an iPhone app that helps detectthe tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease, the possibilities are endless.On a more complex scale, there are apps currently being tested for helpingcardiac patients get timely medical assistance by syncing pacemakers and othercardiac devices to wireless mobile networks. However, there are issues to bedealt with such as getting patients to input data on a daily basis and changingsocial perceptions about the effectiveness of these apps. In the USA, the FDA’sproposed guidelines for regulating mobile medical apps could see a sharpincrease in the consumer usage of approved apps. ©  TechAhead
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  • 6. How Mobile Apps in Healthcare Can Help Patients and Reduce CostsFor doctors and hospitals, Mobile Apps in Healthcare will go a long way towardsensuring delivery of medical assistance as well as reducing costs. In the UK, forinstance, the National Health Service has announced that it will get doctors toprescribe apps to patients for monitoring their health, so that the costs involvedin regular health visits can be reduced. From daily tracking of blood pressure tomonitoring blood sugar levels and then transmitting this data through the apps tothe healthcare professional, medical apps would help provide the diagnosiswithout the need to visit the clinic each time. Once again, while this would workwell in the UK, where health records are centralised and available in a digitalformat, it could pose more of a challenge in developing countries as well ascountries like the US where healthcare is privatised. ©  TechAhead
  • 7. How Mobile Apps in Healthcare Can Help Patients and Reduce CostsDespite these challenges, there’s no denying the power of mobile medical apps.In the US, an app is under trial whereby hospitals can send home patientsrecovering from heart failure, by providing them a remote monitoring kit thathelps them stay connected with a nurse at all times. Countries such as Norway,Denmark and Sweden could save up to Є2.5 billion in the care of elderly patientsby substituting institutional care with mobile monitoring services. The realusefulness of mobile apps in healthcare would actually be felt in developingcountries, where these devices can be used to provide clinical interventions topeople in rural areas who do not have access to quality medical care. ©  TechAhead
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  • 9. SummaryThere is no doubt that mobile apps in healthcare will be the way of the future.There are infrastructural and regulatory issues to be addressed before it gainsmomentum worldwide. While large scale clinical trials as well as regulation willhelp solve the latter issue, the large investments being made by major hardware& peripheral manufacturers and service providers such as AT&T, Verizon andQualcomm will help in putting the required infrastructure in place in the nearfuture. Juniper Research forecasts that Mobile Healthcare and Medical Apps willgenerate.We can help you incase you have any mobile apps development requirement,get in contact with us for FREE 30 minutes no obligation consultation with ourmobile experts($200 Value). ©  TechAhead
  • 10. Thank  youReach  Us: www.techaheadcorp.com info@techaheadcorp.com www.facebook.com/TechAhead www.twi:er.com/TechAhead ©  TechAhead