There were a lot of attempts to integrate modern technologies into the health care system. And today when these technologies are at their peak for us it became obvious that traditional medicine industry has a lot of remnants of the past – obsolete infrastructures, bureaucracy, archaic approach and so on. The only way to change the situation is to find a fundamentally new approach to the work that will allow us to keep up with times. Mobility is the thing medicine industry really needs now.
Functionality possibilities, that mobile devices are receiving now, change the fundamental view of the health monitoring, diagnosis, treatment, etc. There are many factors which affect on changes in the health care industry, and most of them depend on the growth of the number of smartphones and tablets.
As for the hospital mobile apps and medical software development, it is the fastest growing segment in terms of attracting foreign investments. Hospitals and clinics are constantly striving to rethink the models and processes of care with the aim to improve their services and to ensure patients’ safety. Hence, we need to focus on the issue of the medical software usage and hospital mobile app development.
Challenge for App Developers
Hospital mobile app development companies are facing not an easy task - they need to provide software solutions for continuous health monitoring, disease warnings at early stages, as well as for the support in diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and care, including recovering therapy. Also, it’s really important to implement a continuous health monitoring, otherwise user won’t be able to get correct data about his health from the app. How can this process be provided?
Here the choice is made in favor of the mobile Internet as it becomes faster, more stable, and its parameters are now approaching to the parameters of the fixed connection. At the same time, many people have smartphones with permanent 24/7-access to the Internet, regardless of location.
Under such conditions, there is a possibility of constant transmission of health data to a server for processing or alerting the attending physician. In emergency cases, the app can automatically call an ambulance.
One more issue of web technologies in hospital app development is that apps are increasingly moving to the "cloud" - thanks to this, the patient can successfully synchronize multiple downloads, combine them with medical devices. By collecting data from different applications in one place (application medical card), it is possible to conduct a comprehensive survey. Google Health - Internet service for conducting personal electronic medical records and it is a well-known solution for specific purposes in medicine.
Features and Benefits
A key feature of a hospital apps for patients is data. The amount of the healthcare data user can get is increasing in the same proportion as the number of applications on the market. All this becomes possible thanks to a wearable, portable and easy-to-use devices that use smart sensors that can capture and transmit various types of biometric data. Smartphones which are connected to these devices, help users to stay in a good health and shape.
Such devices are very popular, as they quench our desire to receive more data, and allow us to carry “doc in the pocket”. With regard to the diagnosis and tracking tools, there are many options too. For example, AliveCor, which allows measuring a heart rate with the smarpthone, or Vital Signs Camera from Philips, which measure the heart rate and breathing, using the iPad camera or Skin Scan, which with the help of iPhone assesses the risk of skin cancer. All these is just a few features app developers try to implement in medicine IT products, but now let us generalize them into one list. Hospital app has to offer:
Medical reference books on drugs and diseases.
Special functional fitness, yoga training program.
Medical card maintenance in a certain clinic.
Reminders for the time when it’s necessary to take medicine.
Calculation of the medication dosage (e.g., insulin).
Online chat with the doctor.
A set of sight tests.
Medicines overview videos.
Reading of a barcode using the smartphone camera to get the information about vaccine.
Maintaining of a health diary.
Hospital mobile apps need to take over the functions of instant notification about the status of the patient health, monitoring of improvements or aggravations of health, continuous monitoring of the human condition and sending data to medical personnel, as well as simplification of cards of patients, doctor’s appointments info and monitoring of medicines. The application can also control disease procession and doctor’s orders.
For example, such data can be instantly transferred to another clinic to help in emergency situations when it needs to gather the council of physicians to solve the problem. In this situation, the data will be transmitted instantly, which, in turn, will contribute to the rapid decision-making on further treatment. Hospital mobile apps for patients, in addition to the drug regime monitoring, sick and health parameters control, can transfer user’s data to the physician, who will be able to amend and supplement the parameters for a quick recovery, directly through the mobile application.
What main problem do hospital app developers currently face? It is the accuracy of monitoring. The main problem that limits the feasibility and accuracy of the data is that results obtained by a mobile application are based on the particular spatial or mathematical values which were obtained at a specific moment of time.
Therefore, these data can not be considered as the most accurate ones. That is the reason why we still can’t increase the use of mobile health applications in medicine. Smartphone’s design does not provide special sensors that can give us reliable data for an accurate prediction.
If we want to develop a mobile app for hospital we need to provide support function of external devices with sensors (specialized and certified for medical measurements), their synchronization and data transmission.
These sensors need to be in direct contact with the user. It can be wearables or special band aids.
Hence, according to a certain amount of information obtained by the medical device, hospital mobile app will provide accurate calculations and recommendations, as well as on the basis of these data, a doctor will be able to give his advisory opinion.
The whole reason why health applications are going to work is because of smartphones. Users always have them at hand. That’s why it allows apps to measure different health indicators(eg, constant monitoring of blood sugar for diabetics), to visualize important information (for example, show the fluctuations in blood sugar levels), to transmit data to a doctor in real time (for example, at a critical sugar rate). Developers are constantly working on the issues of data accuracy, trying to improve calculation algorithms so it can help to free apps from the usage of external devices.
As for hospital apps market, it hasn’t been much developed yet, especially in the case of apps which deal with the diagnosis, help in patients’ treatment and healthcare. At the moment, we can predict that development of applications that monitor, collect, structure, and visualize health data will get the attention of different business companies. This, in turn, means a great increasing of investments for the medicine (or healthcare) industry.
So we can see this industry is a promising area for mobile apps startups and we need to start to build hospital apps now. For this purpose hire experts, who are dealing with successful IT-solutions for a long period of time. Still have any questions for which you didn’t find the answer or need more information? Contact us and you will get a full feedback on the issues of a custom mobile app development and all its possible costs. firstname.lastname@example.org