Types of healthcare apps: Fusing medicine and technology
Written by Max Romanov
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Nov 28, 2018 2018-11-28T10:00:00+00:002020-11-19T10:52:14.993312+00:00
In the past, it was quite typical to wait weeks or even months for a doctor’s appointment. Then, when you actually get the appointment, you have to sit in a waiting room for hours along with other disgruntled patients equally frustrated with the entire healthcare process.
This common scenario is changing. Numerous technology-driven solutions and applications are disrupting almost every industry, including healthcare. Healthcare apps are a great boon for both healthcare practitioners and the general public, as they represent an efficient solution to many major medical challenges. To gain a basic understanding of the smart healthcare industry, or HealthTech, let’s take a look at some of the most significant facts and statistics.
Statista reports that the global healthcare sector is expected to generate an estimated $58.8 billion in 2020, thus, becoming one of the main revenue contributors.
The healthcare industry overview by Research 2 Guidance points out that currently there are more than 300,000 healthcare apps available for use on tablets and mobile devices.
As reported by Accenture Consultants, healthcare application downloads have doubled during the past few years.
Another survey from QuintilesIMS indicates that almost 93% of doctors feel that healthcare apps have the potential to improve the efficiency of medical services and care. Moreover, nearly 88% of healthcare professionals tend to recommend such applications to patients, and 75% of people expressed a desire to use them.
Looking at those numbers, it becomes crystal clear that change is coming to healthcare and the trend is likely to continue.
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The current state of healthcare application development
Industry stakeholders are constantly looking for new ways to improve and exceed the patient experience. Changing patterns of care are the main driving forces for delivering patient-centered and technology-enabled healthcare, both within and beyond hospitals.
So, what exactly does smart health technology look like? As entrants to the HealthTech arena bring new therapeutic and technology breakthroughs to the market, more and more applications are being created every day.
Telehealth and mHealth are giving HealthTech vendors a well-stocked toolbox to deliver 21st-century treatment. Telehealth or Telemedicine does not require an in-person visit for consultations and refers to all instances of traditional care that is delivered by technology. mHealth simply means mobile self-care applications that allow users to capture their own health data through IoT connected devices.
The combination of medical knowledge, accessibility of applications, and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, augmented and virtual reality, and blockchain will add even more value to the HealthTech ecosystem.
Key benefits of medical apps
The above-mentioned options offer a myriad of advantages. In practical terms, patients, doctors, and medical staff will benefit from incorporating digital healthcare into day-to-day therapeutic practices.
Types of healthcare apps
There are 5 major categories of medical applications that offer solutions to address the increasing demand for better diagnostics and more personalized tools.
Clinical and diagnosis assistants
These apps empower practitioners with solutions that help gather, classify and share data about their patients. Basically, they include Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems that record and store digital versions of charts and health metrics. EHR systems are more robust and allow you to access a patient’s history, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment regimens, X-rays, and lab reports on the go. These applications provide the medical team with critical information that helps them evaluate all the factors needed for more effective decision-making.
App-enabled remote patient monitoring is a very convenient alternative, since not all conditions need to be managed inside a hospital. Such apps allow patients to stay at home under the virtual supervision and control of their doctor. In their turn, physicians can keep track of changes in the patients’ health status, such as heart rate, oxygen level, blood glucose, etc.
With mHealth apps, you can forget about carrying heavy reference guides around all the time. Clinical reference applications offer digital access to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Evaluation and Management coding, and other specialized reference material helping to report diagnoses and inpatient procedures.
There are a plethora of apps designed to increase productivity for providers and get people more active in the healthcare decision-making process. These applications are aimed at scheduling, mobile charting, remote dictation, and internal communication. They also include medical billing software and ePrescribing systems. The best productivity apps will offer all the above-listed features and comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Designed with patient engagement in mind, applications that belong to this category are all about educating patients about how to approach certain aspects of their lives. Considerable opportunities exist for pregnancy trackers, women’s health apps, diet monitoring, healthy nutrition, fitness tracking, etc.
iTechArt knows how to tackle healthcare challenges
As a healthcare development company, we follow the “First, do not harm” principle in everything we do. We accept our responsibility to act with integrity and personalization towards every single project.
We combine breakthrough technologies and the highest-skilled talent to address industry pain points and to focus on mission-critical activities that shift the paradigm towards a culture of health. In line with our commitment to the highest standards, our customers strive to enhance healthcare experiences at all costs.
Dialogue provides innovative virtual healthcare and empowers employees to be proactive about their health. iTechArt was tasked with several business-critical issues, such as DevOps infrastructure deployment, backend development of an administrative portal, and UI modeling. We demonstrated outstanding domain knowledge that resulted in stabilizing application performance while increasing the number of users.
CareDox is a care coordination platform for parents and schools that automates and streamlines healthcare information collection to improve child safety. iTechArt was responsible for and succeeded in the development of a cloud-hosted, secure HIPAA and FERPA-compliant Student Medical Record system used in over 25 states across the US.
Alliance Physical Therapy Management is one of the top 10 healthcare software providers in the USA. The company engaged iTechArt as an experienced technology partner to turn the legacy clinic management system into a flexible and feature-rich SaaS solution. Also, we implemented HIPAA-compliant 3-level authentication, encryption and access control system.
And that is hardly a complete list. We continue to work on efficient but creative solutions with the best industry representatives.
Healthcare is evolving as the industry undergoes significant change. Companies must adapt to this new reality in order to build a global network that addresses the adoption of HealthTech.
Maybe you are the one who will transform clinical practice? The starting point of all achievement is desire! If you have some amazing ideas for healthcare apps, we at iTechArt have the inspiration, expertise and top-rated dedicated development teams to assist you in carrying out your lofty mission.