What is mHealth and its types of applications?

mHealth or mobile health is a specific industry in healthcare which is concerned with development of applications which contribute to patient care and doctor’s assistance. It is a revolutionary step in the field of technology and healthcare as it depicts the advancement in both these fields. The mobile health services are provided via mobile technology and therefore smartphones have become a powerful medium for healthcare. Thus, this technology has become so widespread that 80% of the people have a health app in their phone. Sounds fascinating, right? 

The information and the communications technology have empowered the people to take care of their own health by providing them resources like these mobile applications. After mobile tech got introduced to the market, there is a shift/ change that can be noticed in the patients when it comes to healthcare and medicine. With the use of mHealth, a lot of functions can be carried out such as monitoring patients, faster diagnosis, promotion of healthy behaviour and encouraging changes in fitness habits. One of the aspects of mhealth is telemedicine in which remote care is provided to the patients. It is based on clinical context and is a way to give treatment in every corner of the world. 

Types of mHealth applications:

 

  • Clinical and diagnostic apps:

such kinds of apps enable clinicians to gather, study or circulate information about their patients. It includes accessing EHR or electronic health records, viewing lab results and performing digital imaging processes. There are various built in system checkers also in diagnostic apps which aid doctors and patients in diagnosing illness and injuries as fast as possible. These apps help in scheduling of patient’s appointments without any hassle. 

  • Remote monitoring apps:

It’s not always possible to give treatment in a clinical set up. With the help of remote monitoring apps, the patient can get full care or treatment in the comfort of his home. They are under the virtual care of the physician and the treatment is provided successfully. The mobile health apps comprise of the electronic visit verification (EVV) which tells those who provided the services to whom along with the location. In the near future, this type of information will be required of the physicians to keep a track of their duty. With the help of remote monitoring apps, the practitioners could know the patient’s heart rate, oxygen level, blood glucose readings, blood pressure and other pertinent information without the need for clinic visit. 

  • Productivity apps:

As the name suggests, these apps are meant to increase the overall productivity of the medical staff.  With high levels of productivity also comes efficiency, so for that there are some apps meant for doctors. It comprises apps for home healthcare scheduling, mobile charting, remote dictation, and business communication. The great apps will provide the user with these functions along with maintaining HIPAA compliance. 

  • Health living apps:

These apps are made keeping in mind patient care and fitness. They promote healthy living through these apps and get more engagement from the people in this way. Such kinds of apps track various health metrics like diet, exercise, heart rate and sleep cycle. If there is any patient with diabetes heart disease then he may take help of such apps as they offer a specific diet plan for the same. 

Benefits of mHealth apps: 

  • Clinical reference apps provide instantaneous and ready to use information to providers. 
  • Clinical apps allow faster diagnosis of the patients. 
  • Productivity apps save a lot of time and efforts, reduce costs and make scheduling a simple task.
  • Remote monitoring apps preserve manpower, time and cost to much extent. 

Lastly, we have come across a lot of benefits of mHealth and understood this aspect clearly. The future of mobile technology looks promising enough as the technology is forging ahead with a faster pace. With this in mind, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to using these health applications. A patient as per his preference only should use the apps otherwise go ahead with physical care or traditional care. But, it is of no harm to be in touch with these apps as they provide extra information and care which serves for the best of patients. 

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