In the last couple of years, smartphones have become more integrated into our lives than ever before. What makes these devices useful are the mobile applications we install to help us do vital tasks in our lives. The health industry is one of the many sectors that hugely benefited from the mobile app revolution. It is no surprise that the mHealth (health-related apps) market is estimated to be more than $189 Billion by 2025.
Millions of people around the world use apps like FitBit, S Health, and MyFitnessPal to monitor various aspects of their health. These apps are usually paired with wearable devices like smartwatches in order to generate more accurate results. Some of the parameters that health apps records include; blood sugar levels, activity levels, blood oxygen levels, etc.
Medical personnel now rely on mobile apps to monitor patients
One of the most vital roles that mHealth apps have played is making it possible for doctors and other health officers to monitor their patients’ health in real-time. For instance, if a doctor is treating a diabetes patient, he can monitor their blood sugar levels by using a blood sugar monitoring device and a mobile app that picks real-time data from this device.
As the internet is becoming faster and more accessible to more people across the globe, the use of these apps is expected to skyrocket even further. Studies show that over 74% of hospitals and clinics that use mHealth apps on smartphones and tabs are more efficient than those that don’t. As the Healthcare Application Development industry continues to advance its technologies, we expect health apps to be more robust and reliable in the next couple of years.
Key trends that show mHealth apps are the future
- According to a study by GreatCall, over 93% of physicians believe that mobile apps can improve a patient’s health if used properly.
- A study by Accenture Health shows that 42% of patients like to schedule appointments online, but they don’t have an opportunity.
- A study by Ricoh Research also indicated that 74% of hospitals that use mobile applications to collect health data are more effective than those that don’t
- Research done by Skycure also shows that 80% of the surveyed medical officers use mobile devices in doing their day-to-day tasks.
- Another study by Skycure also found out that over 23% of physicians store patient data on mobile devices.
- 40% of health physicians believe mHealth apps can reduce the number of visits a patient has to make to the hospital if they are well used.
With these trends, developers in the mHealth industry need to take advantage of the need for health apps by making them more robust and affordable for most people. One of the major concerns most users have about mHealth applications is the way they handle user data. So, one of the challenges that app developer haves in the coming year is to build applications that respect user privacy to the dot.
Benefits of mHealth applications
- Convenience: When mHealth apps are connected to wearable devices like smartwatches, users can conveniently track important health parameters without going to the hospital.
- Doctors can get real-time information about their patient’s health: Most health applications now allow doctors to access their patient’s health information like blood pressure, blood sugar, and oxygen levels in real-time. For instance, Apple’s Health app in iOS 15 now allows doctors to get real-time access to their patient’s data.
- Cost and time effective: Instead of visiting your doctor for simple checks like blood pressure and sugar levels, doctors can now get this information from mhealth apps.
With the many benefits that medical applications have, the health app developing industry will only continue to grow in the coming years. The rate at which people are adopting these apps is also on the rise now that many are starting to realize their benefits. With smartphones getting more computing power, developers can take advantage of this power to build more robust and reliable mHealth applications.