App development has been a game-changer for doctors around the world. Back in the day, computers transformed practice management. Now, app development is propelling the healthcare sector into the future. It’s estimated that Mobile health (mHealth) will be worth almost three hundred trillion dollars by 2025.
With Covid-19 filling our hospitals and many sick at home, healthcare professionals are struggling to cope with the surge of patients needing their care and attention. This is where mobile apps are helping physicians like you, simplify their workflow, access vital information and connect remotely with their patients.
Mobile App Development Makes the Tools Available
Since the Blackberry, android app development has been shaking up the medical industry. Even Google has tapped into mobile app development with Google app maker. You may already be using mobile apps to get your patient’s electronic health records (EHRs), find info on drug doses and compatibility, or get clinical details about symptom-related matters. As a physician, you are always on the go. You need tools that will boost patient engagement. Do you know what the one thing consumers want most from a healthcare app? One study revealed that being able to manage their appointments was patients’ strongest wish.
App Development is a Growing Market
A mobile app is a useful tool that can bring great benefits to your patients, but it’s also a robust marketing channel. With over three and a half million apps available for Android devices and over two million for iPhone users, you’d think we’ve reached saturation point. But there’s no limit on app development. New and useful mobile apps are constantly being created. And in the medical field, there is room for bottomless innovation.
App Development Solves Problems
Giving your patients the right tools allows them to partner with you in their healthcare. Since no two practices are the same, your app can be tailored to fit your unique set of circumstances. Are you treating COVID-19 patients who are recuperating at home? You’ll want a HIPAA compliant way to check in with them off-hours, perhaps something along the lines of Call Simplified. A family practitioner with multiple diabetic patients may want to help them track their blood sugar, medication, and eating habits. By creating a diabetes tracking app, the doctor can also give out, personalized advice for managing diabetes.
Georgia’s Healthcare Challenges
Covid-19 has complicated Georgia’s unique healthcare problems. Even before the pandemic, there were two sides to our state, one urban and economically strong, the other, rural and poorer where health and healthcare are harder to access. With mobile apps, remote patients can talk to their doctors or contact them in an emergency using their phones. Mobile health apps for an iPhone or android also give rural patients access to health services.
Securing Your App
An important point to remember is that all healthcare mobile apps in the US must be compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). A medical app must also give the user a practical user experience (UX). And if your app collects and stores user data and Protected Health Information (PHI), it must be in compliance with state and federal privacy laws. Along with accurate, up-to-date content, an app needs to have security to protect it from external threats. Mobile apps for healthcare professionals must be secure.
Can an App be your Solution?
One of the things patients always wanted but couldn’t get is better control over their medical care. You’ve attracted the patients. Could an app be the secret to keep them loyal? If you’re a family physician, general practitioner or any doctor who owns a practice, an app could give you the edge. Apps can be a powerful marketing tool, adding value beyond your website. Our app development team can help plan and execute a mobile app that specifically meets your practice needs. Give us a call today.