What Opportunities Do Mobile Technologies Offer the Healthcare Industry?
Mobile technologies have significantly impacted the modern world in more ways than we care to admit. How individuals work, communicate, and work is nothing like it was half a decade ago. Every industry has also been decisively impacted – for the better – thanks to the advancement of computing technologies. The healthcare industry may not have been one of the earliest adopters of mobile technology, but it presently is among the most reliant on it.
Innovations in mobile technologies are presently overhauling and transforming the healthcare industry. Healthcare providers are leveraging these technologies to streamline their operations, cut costs, and deliver better and more personalized services to patients.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2019 has had a silver lining for the healthcare industry. The past year has seen a notable uptake in the adoption of technology in healthcare – especially opportunities to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. The pandemic has also revealed the major paths on which mobile tech in healthcare is developing, consequently opening up even more opportunities in the industry.
Here are the five major ways in which new mobile technologies are redefining healthcare today.
1. Tracking Patient Vitals
How up-to-date are you with the developments of personal health smart devices and apps? If you are savvy on this matter, you are probably familiar with wellness products already developed by Apple, Fitbit, Google, Samsung, WebMD, and other top tech and health companies in the world. These are just a few of the many companies venturing into wellness with apps and devices that track a person’s vitals with a focus on improving their overall health.
While it started with fitness trackers that only counted steps a person takes, today’s wearable and vital signs tracking have extended use beyond preventive healthcare. Hospitals and healthcare providers are increasingly relying on these technologies to connect with patients and understand their health conditions.
The best part is, healthcare providers do not even need to develop the technologies themselves; the devices and tools are already in the market. It only takes sourcing an IT specialist company to integrate the vital tracking tools into the healthcare provider’s system.
2. Convenient Data Access
Patient data is not centralized and well managed in many developing countries around the world. This presents many challenges because healthcare providers cannot readily access patient data when they need to. This inconvenience significantly affects the quality of care they provide.
The need to adopt better systems that uses available technologies led to the rapid adoption of mobile-based healthcare services in some of these countries. For this reason, some developing countries have greater access to mobile healthcare services compared to developed countries.
Mobile technologies have necessitated easier and more affordable ways for healthcare providers to collect and maintain patient medical history. With their smartphones and tablets, doctors and healthcare providers can now diagnose patients with greater ease and accuracy.
3. Accelerated Adoption of Telemedicine
The coronavirus pandemic turned the entire world upside down in a mere month. The early days of lockdowns and implementation of social distancing rules were the worst for people so used to being free to go anywhere and seek services wherever. However, it also helped accelerate the development and adoption of telemedicine.
Telemedicine refers to healthcare service provided for patients remotely. The ‘new normal’ of consulting a doctor via a mobile app or video call for diagnosis and care is actually what the industry refers to as telemedicine. While it has been around since the 1950s, telemedicine only became a popular necessity with the outbreak of COVID-19.
There are many benefits of telemedicine and only a handful of downsides. The mobile-based service has made healthcare more accessible to people who would otherwise have to travel far and spend a lot to see a doctor. Telemedicine is also more cost-effective, improves patient-doctor engagement, and often uses sophisticated software to streamline the consultation and medication processes.
4. Contact Tracing and Outbreak Tracking
The world responded fast to the outbreak of coronavirus. Most countries and territories came up with unique and often innovative ways to repurpose existing technologies to mitigate the spread of the virus. On the list of the most impressive ideas was the development of contact tracing and outbreak tracking apps. According to Nature Journal, these apps played a significant role in containing the spread of the pandemic in its early days saving many lives in the process.
Contact tracing and outbreak tracking apps also helped understand how the virus spread and how it affected people in different geographical locations. Patients and members of the public relied on these apps to plan their movements and check up on their loved ones at the peak of the pandemic.
5. Time and Cost Saving
Mobile technologies have helped many patients access much-needed healthcare regardless of where they are in the world. As more healthcare providers strive to deliver better service to more people while saving costs, mobile technologies have come to the rescue.
Custom-designed patient apps that enable point-at-source medical care have come a long way. Today, independent hospitals, clinics, and medical institutions can quickly develop their own apps that will allow patients to access various self-service menus and FAQs.
In the developing regions of the world, patients with little access to reliable medical information now need only to download an app and tap away to get medical attention.
Mobile healthcare apps often provide answers to most medical queries people asked – usually repetitive and straightforward questions with even simpler answers. In many cases, the patient may even figure out their health problem before reaching a human doctor, saving everyone time and effort.
There is stiff competition in the technological world to elevate the healthcare industry to a new level. More companies are investing in the research and development of mobile technologies to make healthcare more accessible, affordable, and practical.
CTI Technology is one of the top IT services providers striving to meet this need among healthcare providers in Chicago. Visit CTI Technology’s website to find out what their services entail and how they contribute to the adoption of mobile technologies in the healthcare industry.