mHealth is short for mobile health, which is medical and health support provided with the aid of mobile devices.
The Affordable Care Act changed the model for health care and has spurred the growth of mHealth services. The new model rewards prevention and only pays for necessary medical care, while making the providers pay for unwarranted expenses. This has led health care providers to look into technology that will increase efficiency and reduce costs.
Why is mHealth a Solution?
Mobile devices are becoming commonplace. The Journal of American Medicine estimates that 500 million patients worldwide will be using health apps on a smartphone.
The proliferation of smartphones, and other mobile devices such as tablets, has provided a way to reach patients that might otherwise be inaccessible due to location or income. It has allowed doctors, clinics, and hospitals to provide better healthcare at lower costs.
What Are Some Ways mHealth Can Be Utilized?
Mobile technology allows medical practitioners to provide remote diagnostics, access to web-based medical records, timely patient information, post-procedure patient monitoring, and utilize GPS for the applications. The benefits include:
SMS messaging or push notifications can be used to provide phone users medical information and available health care options. SMS messaging is helpful in rural or under-developed areas where medical personnel may be scarce and internet usage low.
In areas with strong network connection, push notifications are utilized to deliver personalized messaging. Personalized messaging can also be utilized to message to encourage proper use of prescriptions and follow up procedures.
Telemedicine and mTraining
Telemedicine is a fast-growing segment of mHealth. It allows an individual medical staff to have a wide range of patients for remote access.
This drastically reduces cost and ease of treatments. mTraining to medical personnel can be delivered to mobile devices, making them accessible to learn anywhere. Diagnosis and treatment of patients can be done remotely whether the physician or the patient is the one outside the healthcare facility.
Preventive and Aftercare Monitoring
Both in-facility and out-of-clinic monitoring can be done with mobile applications. This removes the need for patients to be continually hooked up to machines and the need for having someone always present to read the data.
Patient Data Collection
Getting patient information is always important, but more so now with new health care requirements. Allowing the patient to complete information via mobile devices and have that delivered to the staff makes the process less tedious.
In addition, there are apps available that make it more enjoyable by making it a game. Providers can also access the information anywhere using mobile devices.
Monitoring With GPS
Physicians and caregivers can quickly and easily provide information about disease outbreaks, and follow the spread of disease through tracking locations with GPS. In addition, GPS can be used with mapping apps to show users where clinics, doctors, and hospitals are located in their area.
Seamgen Can Help with Your mHealth Needs.
Curious how mobile apps could help mobilize your organization? At Seamgen, we’ve worked on mHealth applications since 2008 and have experience with medical companies like MedImpact, UnitedHealthcare, and Cigna. Needless to say, we are experts in healthcare software development and we can help you develop plans from start to finish that incorporate mHealth into your workflow.