December 03, 2016
We all come across situations, especially when we avail health care services, where things could have been handled even in a better way than they actually took place. Such circumstances occur due to (we must accept) the jumbled medical services and health care scenario in India. We get the fatal consequences of this scenario when patients and consumers suffer enormously. But thanks to the technology and the proliferation of mobile phones that is leaving a significant impact on many sectors, and health care is one of them.
We hardly keep the record of our illness and documentation done on known food or drug allergies but with your mobile phone it is getting extremely convenient. In the following study The NineHertz highlighted some points on extensive use of mobile applications in health care industry, let’s find out how mobile revolution is revamping the health care services we are accustomed of.
The Boost in Mobile Usage and Health care
It is a very interesting fact that the number of mobile phone purchase is surprisingly higher than the birth rate in India. In reality, mobile phones is the only product which is growing exceedingly when compared with its other electronic counterparts. A recent study revealed that an average user spends more than two hours of their day using a smartphone and keeps it within reach 24 x 7. At present, a number of physicians and patients are using smartphones, and considering this we can say that these stats are soaring as they are seeking information via their smartphones and are getting benefited by an enormous variety of services, suggestions and so on.
The Role of Apps in Transforming Healthcare?
With the ever-increasing number of medical apps, the access to care is significantly improving. Now, the physician and the patient are not required to be at the same place geologically. The boost in the practices of virtual meets of these two individuals prove the success of such mobile apps. Besides, it is eliminating the dictatorship of the government and private insurance firms who stress upon their meeting in person. It seems that they miss a big point before imposing such freaking idea that how it is possible for elderly persons and severely injured patients who are staying in remote areas to cover the distance and the doctor. Such virtual convenience offers the flexibility to contact the relevant physician when actually it is highly needed. Apps like Epocrates, UpToDate, Doximity, Isabel are a few fine examples of healthcare apps.
Mobile phones are enabling consumers, patients and physicians experience even more personalized services because technology has taken the charge to customize health care components as per the distinct requirements of patients or healthcare providers according to their current behavior and mobile history. This personalized experience establishes straight one-to-one interactions, and delivers top relevant information at the correct time completely depending on the likes of users. However, it is highly essential for health care providers to put a balance between personalization and privacy.
Boost the Safety of the Patient
It is a fact that when patients leave a hospital with a pile of papers really have no idea what to do at home when there will be no medical individual around to guide you for things like what are the precautions need to be taken, how to follow a diet, etc. On the contrary, mobile phones too, in the changed scenario, have become the medical personnel that you require on each step to be fit and fine. Through push notifications, it can even remind you when to take pills, observe side effects and convey such info to the provider.
The time is at our doorstep when mobile phones will completely transform the way we have been experiencing things and when it comes to health care, it is already proving to be a great influencing factor. Such improvisations will not only engage patients with their health and health care providers distinctly but also reform health care delivery radically.
Stories by Hemendra Singh