The shift of healthcare towards mobile and mobile patients’ interaction with practitioners are considered as the main trends of 2016 healthcare system. Healthcare apps are getting more and more popular.

 

There is the reason for such a trend for the both sides: doctors and patients.
According to JulyRapid, we defined three main reasons for practitioners to go mobile in their professional activities:

 

Time
The time patients spend on their path from checking in to discharging takes really long. Mobile applications can reduce it by managing time and information more efficiently.
Patient Records
Easily accessible patients data on mobile gadgets of the practitioners make their work more flexible, letting them get the info whenever they need it, even in the remote location.
Communication Improvement
The inner communication of the hospitals is extremely important for the quality of care they provide. Mobile technologies improve the inner processes, including between-department communication, making it possible for the different deps collaborate even in different locations.

 

Fifth Annual “Pulse of Online Health” Survey found four main reasons for the user to install medical apps: tracking diet/nutrition (47%), medical reminders (46%), tracking symptoms (45%), and tracking physical activity (44%).

 

Healthcare apps are considered to get more important for the quality of care services provided.

1. 96% of patients agree that apps can help improve the quality of their life.
2. 32% of users share their data from health apps with their doctors.
3. 70% of users use their mobile apps daily in purpose to track calorie intake and monitor physical activities.

 

However, 73% of patients claim that privacy of their medical history is more important than the convenience of access. So, be particularly serious about security.

 

84% of healthcare establishments, surveyed for Fierce report, use mobile gadgets, most frequently tablets, for the post-hospital discharge support.

 

Apigee also proves the rising popularity of medical apps. According to it, the number of health or fitness apps users doubled comparing 2013 to 2015. Eight out of ten respondents expect using apps from their doctors. And almost half of smartphone users want their practitioners to use data from their fitness trackers to improve the treatment process.

 

Moreover, people believe that health and fitness apps help them to remain healthier, that is 37% of adult smartphone users — 62 m Americans.

 

Research Now spoke to 500 healthcare professionals and 1,000 health app users in the U.S

 

86% of doctors surveyed consider apps as a way to increase their awareness of the clients’ conditions. And 72% believes that apps will make the users treat their health more seriously.
50% think that healthcare applications can even increase the efficiency of the treatment process.

 

A lot of practitioners (76%) consider apps especially useful for the patients with chronic disease, like diabetes or heart diseases.

 

93% of physicians use mobile technologies in their daily practices, 80% utilize them for the care support. Around 66% of practitioners have tablets, 54% use them for work activities.

 

We decided to define remote patient monitoring among the healthcare apps, as 63.7% of healthcare mobile apps are taken exactly by RPM, as Fierce report states.

 

According to Spyglass Consulting Report, 66% of health establishments surveyed use remote patient monitoring (RPM). 84% of healthcare providers using RPM supported recently discharged patients with chronic illnesses.

 

Resources used:

Healthcare App Development – Top 6 Trends in Healthcare Mobility

https://pages.apigee.com/rs/351-WXY-166/images/apigee-digital-impact-survey-2015-apigee-institute-report-2015-12.pdf
http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/are-mobile-medical-apps-good-our-health-a-new-study-research-now-reveals-that-doctors-2001197.htm
http://www.spyglass-consulting.com/press_releases/SpyglassPR_RPM2015.v1.4.pdf