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New Entrees for the Healthcare Innovation Race-2019
New innovations that are all set to raid the healthcare sector, making patient-doctor innovations much safer and productive.
FREMONT, CA: More than 80 percent of medical practitioners and doctors support the innovations in devices used for measuring blood pressure and monitoring sugar levels, with almost 70 percent of doctors adopting electronic health record (EHR) systems in trials and treatments. These reasons have encouraged an exponential increase in the number of health app users at present across the globe while undergoing a positive sentiment quotient about mobile health. The eight mobile health care trends that are changing the face of the health care industry are:
1. Real-Time Health Tracking:
Smartphones are providing health and fitness apps; while connected IoT products are motivating a significant section of people and disseminating the proactive method to stay healthy. It should be remembered that the millennials are more than enthusiastic in their support of the same. The development of smart apps that transform just tracking of pulse rate, calories counts, sleep period, number of steps, and blood pressure is encouraged.
2. Telemedicine Services:
The telemedicine industry is said to be worth more the 40 billion dollars. Moreover, the stats of the telehealth patients witnessed a paradoxical growth accounting to seven million in 2018. Almost 71 percent of the patients at present prefer the doctors who treat them, to use mHealth apps.
3. Internet of Things in the Mobile Healthcare Industry:
The awareness about the importance of monitoring one’s health widespread along with the advances in wearable technologies, it also became a style statement. Wearables became a fad, causing awareness about the importance of health monitoring. The devices were used for tracking fitness routines by just wearing them on the wrists. The demand for fitness apps and analytics used in these devices become popular and more devices connected to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and other innovative scenarios in the industry arise. IoT will make some valuable contributions and highly useful in assisting the patients during recovery. The wearables will authorize the hospitals in administration, in recommending treatments, better patient care, and diagnosis.
4. Cloud-Based Mobile Healthcare Apps:
The integration of EHR with technological solutions like cloud-based healthcare systems is merely the first step to take on the simplification of everyday processes like sharing of files, data, records, and checking of e-prescriptions. Cloud-based apps are more accessible for the hospital, especially if the patient has a history of treatments, records, health insurance plans, and bills.
5. AI in the Mobile Health App Industry:
In 2019, Artificial Intelligence has uplifted the mHealth apps to a different level. It is likely that Artificial Intelligence will majorly decrease medical costs and clinic visits in the future. Considering, the exponential growth of AI, it could probably mean that, very soon, significant breakthroughs in health care such as doctors using AI to examine complex surgeries, patients analyzing themselves by the technology and much more. Last year, some major technological investments like Google Deepmind, IBM Watson, have attempted to bridge the gap amongst tech health care services, and conventional medical services.
6. Blockchain: A Boon for the Mobile Healthcare Industry:
Blockchain technology has assisted several health insurance companies by keeping a detailed track of multiple transactions in different machines. By minimizing the dependency on intermediaries, it allows efficient management of the operations, smooth data transfer, and improved transparency of operations among hospitals, policyholders, and health insurers.
7. Big Data Specific mHealth Apps:
According to a report by statista, the average downloads of mobile health and healthcare-related application in 2017 is approximately 3.7 billion. It is predicted to possibly double after the integration of big data and analytics in mobile health applications to handle this mammoth data collected all related to hospital transactions, patient’s finance, and health care records.
The ideal treatment and the diagnostic test required is recognized along with the estimation of the recovery time by combining big data with EHR.
The combination will assist the doctors to understand the case of the patient much precisely, and effective treatment can be conducted.
8. Mobile Payment Through mHealth Apps:
During times of medical emergency, especially in late hours, smooth transactions of payments cannot be expected. With mobile payment facilities, patients no longer have to worry about finances. The need to carry cash for every transaction related to healthcare services can be avoided entirely with the mobile payment feature. Innumerable instances are identified where several technological innovations have made life simpler. These trends are predicted to penetrate much deeper into the domain in the future and result in innovations that can be seen in science fiction movies. One thing is for sure; the healthcare sector is in for total disruption in the coming years due to the continuous inflow of technology.