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Mobile Applications in Healthcare

November 29, 2015

Mobile Applications in Healthcare

November 29, 2015

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It’s common knowledge that wireless technology and mobility apps (those designed to be used on smart devices) has profoundly changed the way we live, communicate, do business, and connect with each other. Few industries are seeing a more profound change though, than the health care industry.

Wireless mobility apps are allowing doctors and patients to connect, collaborate, share and access data in ways that have simply never before been possible. Using apps that exist on the market today, patients can remotely access their own medical records. There’s no longer any need to drive down to the clinic to review your X-Rays. You can simply pull them up on your phone or tablet. Doctors can more easily and readily collaborate with one another and coordinate patient care, simply by accessing a common app through which they can share, review, and comment on patient specific data.

Health care data, and the security surrounding it makes it a very different beast from other sorts of data. The development of these types of apps has lagged somewhat behind apps for other industries because of the significant compliance and security hurdles that had to be overcome. For example, in an ideal world, your doctor would be able to access your medical records from his smart device while he’s in the hospital or at his practice, but the moment he leaves, he should no longer have access to your personal health care data.

This is, in fact, the current state of the industry. That’s possible with the apps on the market today, and it’s why we can say with confidence that those questions and concerns surrounding health care data security have been, by and large, resolved. As a consequence, we’ve begun to see an explosion of health related apps, both for use exclusively by medical professionals, and those with “hooks” that allow patients a window into their own records. In many ways, the healthcare app industry is still in its infancy, and as fantastic as the current offerings are, and as much as they’ve extended doctor and patient collaborative capabilities, one can only imagine how vastly different the industry will look in three to five years’ time.

Perhaps the best part though, is the fact that these developments are actually beginning to save and change lives in ways that other mobility apps simply cannot. They’re already beginning to improve health care outcomes, and that makes it one of the most exciting and dynamic segments of the app ecosystem.