Mobile devices have created a new communication channel between healthcare service providers and patients. Health-based apps have now become a norm to provide better care and health facilities right at the fingertips of the users.
Staying Emerging technologies in support of mobile health (mHealth) has revolutionized the healthcare industry. The adoption of mHealth has been significant in recent past years. Some of the key factors driving the greater uptake of mobile technologies among both patients and healthcare professionals are the growing adoption of smartphones, increasing penetration of 4G/5G networks, rising focus on patient-centric healthcare delivery, and the increasing demand for home healthcare services.
As the mobile industry continues to flourish, with more than 40,000 health and wellness apps in the market, the rise in the downloads of health apps is contributing to market growth significantly. the availability of disease-specific apps to the patients has reduced the waiting line in the hospitals that in turn has boosted the market growth.
“Statista says – Considering the increase in the mobile health apps, the healthcare app development revenue will take a steep rise to $58.8 billion in 2020 from $25.39 billion in 2017.”
Advancements and innovations in technology are helping patients to bypass the long queue in the hospitals, the first come first serve token systems and the hardships of arranging diagnostic tests that need proper monitoring of past health conditions. The mobile apps make it possible for doctors and patients to interact like never. Online doctor consultation helps the patient to seek expert medical advice without having to travel to meet a doctor or wait long hours for an appointment.
Medical apps for many purposes are available, including ones for electronic prescribing, diagnosis and treatment, practice management, coding and billing. Health care professionals use medical devices and apps for many purposes, most of which can be grouped under five broad categories: administration, health record maintenance and access, communications and consulting, reference and information gathering, and medical education.
“The report by Research 2 Guidance indicates that there are 3,25,000 healthcare apps available worldwide and Android is leading the way forward in mHealth platform. Yet another survey from Accenture Consultants point out that the download in the number of healthcare app has doubled in the past couple of years.”
The healthcare apps have become a boon for the doctors, nurses and various other medical staff associated with the hospital. The demand for mobile healthcare apps is growing day by day, as more healthcare providers and seekers are realizing the benefits from them. With the help of technological advancements and a keen interest in the medical marketplace, more development of mobile apps for doctors and medical experts is taking shape.
The on-demand apps help patients to book appointments with doctors and buy medicines online without having to travel to the hospital. Online consultation apps give you a chance to consult your doctor at the earliest. All you need to do is book an appointment and call your doctor quickly.
Here are the 4 Advantages of Mobile App in the Healthcare Industry
- Online Appointment Booking
- Real-Time Video Consultation
- Online Prescriptions
- Integrated Payment Gateway
Online Appointment Booking
With a healthcare mobile app, the patient can schedule appointments directly from their smartphones. Doctors can view the daily appointment details and updated if needed. Patients can choose a convenient time slot after confirming the doctor’s availability.
Real-Time Video Consultation
A video call consultation between the doctor and the patient can be made through a healthcare mobile application. Doctors can examine their patients’ health communicate with them on the health issues with the real-time video consultation feature.
“According to grandviewresearch, the global mHealth apps market size was valued at USD 12.4 billion in 2018 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 44.7% over the forecast period.”
With the help of mobile applications, Doctors shall send their prescriptions to patients online. Along with the prescriptions, doctors shall also get in touch with their patients based on their needs.
Payment Gateway Integration
Doctors can receive payments from the patients through inbuilt Payment options. The inbuilt payment options include multi-payment options like credit/debit cards, e-wallet, etc. These options will provide patients the flexibility to use the most convenient payment option.