What is the Importance of Mobile HealthCare Apps?

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    Nils Widal
    Nils WidalDecember 8, 2021

    Digital Health and Cloud Platforms Advocate and Entrepreneur.

    Providing health solutions through mobile health apps is an increasingly popular trend. 

    Many healthcare providers are investing in healthcare app development to improve the quality of services and promote self-management behaviors in patients.

    Mobile apps make the lives of healthcare professionals easier. Be it emergency response, health surveillance and administration, maintaining health records, treatment monitoring, or ensuring direct touch-points with patients on a regular basis.

    According to a report, the global Digital Health market is projected to reach over $500 billion in revenue by 2025.

    • Research also shows that downloads surpassed 3.2 billion across mobile healthcare apps.

    A mobile application is an effective tool for your business and can give you an advantage over your competitors. From booking an appointment and maintaining records, to streamlining services, all can be managed with a mobile healthcare app.

    Building a healthcare app may be one of the most promising investments today for healthcare providers.

    Real-Time Access to Healthcare 

    Unfortunately, one of the biggest stories following the global pandemic has been the rationing of care and the challenges associated with actually getting to see a doctor in person. 

    Health care apps have a real role to play here. While nothing can 100% replace a physical meeting with a doctor, apps can come pretty close. 

    The power of healthcare apps to capture and share data with doctors as well as to give users access to real-time health advice cannot be overstated. Of course, not all apps are created equally or offer equal value. That's why countries like Germany are moving to allow apps to be given out as a prescription by doctors (a process called DiGA in Germany).

    This approach makes a lot of sense as it provides regulation and assessment of apps and allows patients to make informed decisions about which apps to use and how to use them. At the same time, because apps can be given as a prescription, it allows digital health companies to realise a new revenue stream. 

    Mobile HealthCare Apps

    Chronic Disease Management Becomes Smoother

    Mobile health apps play a very positive role in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases and medical conditions. Some chronic diseases and health disorders have a direct effect on diet, living patterns, exercises, and other lifestyle elements. It often requires constant and consistent health monitoring, which includes keeping track of various health parameters.

    These apps play a pivotal role in handling chronic diseases and health conditions. For example, diseases such as diabetes, heart disorders, arthritis, thyroid problems, asthma, and for a variety of other chronic health problems. Mobile apps can help monitor symptoms and alert people when active medical assistance is required.

    Patient Data Management 

    Mobile healthcare apps can be very useful for doctors and patients. But to really see the value from them, they need to be put into a broader context of the shift to electronic health records. And the need for patients to be able to access and control their health data securely. 

    Ideally, mobile apps would integrate and share data (with permission) with users’ healthcare providers. However, digitalization of patient records has lagged in the US in particular. In other countries, the prevalence of so many divergent systems has created problems. 

    Luckily there is a secure workaround for connecting to these divergent systems. This is why so many digital health companies are interested in microservices architectures. While this is a fairly techy term, the truth is that microservices allow you to connect your software securely to many different data sets, software and database. 

    COVID-19 Impact on the Mobile Health market

    The global pandemic accelerated the pace of digitalisation across the world and across almost all sectors, healthcare most of all. The fact that patients couldn't go into doctors offices for months forced doctors to embrace digital technology. At the same time, the fact that many healthcare systems came close to being overwhelmed means that they are looking at novel ways to treat patients using digital healthcare apps. 

    Mobile HealthCare Apps

    An Experienced Partner for Healthcare App Development

    Besides being useful, investing in mobile health apps can boost your company's revenue and reputation. However, entering the medical mobile app market can be tricky since it requires sufficient experience in development and security standards.

    The best development partners should be able to guide you from the inception of your app to launch and beyond. They should also give you input based on their experience with previous applications. The best partners already know what works well because of their collective knowledge.

    App development is not a one-off project for us. Instead, it's the beginning of a new relationship. We work hand in hand with our customers to help them meet their product, expansion and growth goals. 

    At Vertrical, we understand how mobile technology is changing the healthcare industry. Our team of experts can support you with your app development, scale and make sure you're compliant at all times. Get in touch with us today.



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