Healthcare mobile apps are changing the way doctors interact with their patients. Service providers are now days leveraging healthcare mobile apps in their strategic approach to attract the cost-conscious millennial generation. Let’s understand how mobile applications can help doctors take their medical practice to the next level.
The 6 major categories of healthcare mobile apps
While there are 97,000 health-related mobile apps available in the market today, functionality of healthcare mobile apps generally falls into a combination of 6 major categories:
a. Healthcare applications that provide increased access to care, either in areas with limited access to health services or for patients with limited time to receive healthcare.
b. Software that provides patients with a layer of convenience by assisting with scheduling of appointments and facilitating telemedicine solutions.
c. Apps that improve healthcare delivery efficiency by organizing client records and automating the medical coding process.
d. Databases designed to quickly provide accurate guidance for treatment and proper prescription dosages.
e. Telemedicine mobile apps for doctors that improve their ability to monitor ongoing care, track vital signs, improve adherence of patients to prescribed care, and allow treatments to be adjusted as needed.
f. Healthcare mobile apps focused on patient engagement through the use of social media, messaging functions, and other ways to interact and communicate with patients in and out of the office.
How healthcare mobile apps help doctors in their everyday routine?
Healthcare mobile apps for doctors can bolster their daily routines. Specifically, they can help them across the following 3 areas.
- Documentation of patient information, such as recording audio, dictating patient records, or capturing digital images, and organizing that information as needed.
- Maintaining and accessing EHR and EMR.
- Simplification of accounting processes by allowing records and prescriptions to be coded and billed in a standard manner.
- Improved time management through meeting and appointment scheduling.
- Communication beyond the office by texting, email, and social networking.
- Monitoring patient through connected mobile healthcare apps that allow doctors to see and track vitals, check progress during rehabilitation, and organize the data to be used in follow-up appointments.
- Using collected data to provide diagnosis via video conferencing, including ongoing care instructions and prescriptions.
- Increasing patient adherence to after-care instructions and medications by allowing virtual follow-up appointments.
- Facilitating ongoing training and education by consolidating case studies, e-learning platforms, and access to continuing medical examinations into a single, easily accessible mobile platform.
- Providing access to industry-specific news publications, healthcare reports, and medical journals.
Why doctors believe in the utility of healthcare mobile apps?
Healthcare professionals are absolutely embracing the utility and increased efficiency afforded by healthcare-focused mobile applications.
- Studies show between 42% and 50% of healthcare professionals are using smartphones and tablets to access evidence-based clinical reference tools during appointments.
- Between 61%-79% of physicians spend at a least a quarter of their business day using mobile devices in the treatment of patients.
- In the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey, 90% of respondents use mobile devices to engage patients during the healthcare process.
- – 73% are using app enabled patient portals
- – 62% are using some form of telemedicine services
- – 57% are communicating with patients via secure texting mobile applications
- – 49% are using apps to remotely monitor patient vitals.
- The same HIMSS studyshowed that “36% of respondents believe the use of app-enabled patient portals is the most effective tool in patient engagement to date.”
- According to a study conducted by GreatCall.com, 93% of physicians believe that healthcare mobile apps can improve a patient’s health, while 40% also believe use will subsequently reduce the number of doctor visits.
Healthcare mobile apps can generate huge savings for doctors
While knowing that healthcare mobile apps are having a significant impact on improving patient experience and making doctors’ workflow more efficient, the bottom line is that mobile apps for doctors are translating into huge cost savings for the industry and for patients. How are these tools affecting the bottom line?
- Using mobile applications to automate documentation and other administrative tasks saves doctors from fines related to regulatory infractions.
- Used properly, healthcare mobile apps result in more accurate billing and a reduction of lost charges.
- 75% of all healthcare dollars are spent treating patients with chronic conditions
- – By using healthcare apps targeted at the ongoing treatment of chronic conditions , healthcare professionals can reduce hospital days by 15%-20%,
- – can reduce annual ER visits by 30%,
- – and in general generate potential savings of more than $23 billion in the US (roughly $2000-$3000 per year, per patient).
- 54% of doctors surveyed in the HIMSS study have achieved cost savings through the use of healthcare mobile apps for doctors.
- – 24% of those claiming cost savings stated they saved money in preventative support care.
- – 22% claimed savings through telemedicine interventions.
- – 21% cited savings stemming from improved resource utilization
- – 14% were able to see savings due to mobile apps facilitating remote patient monitoring.
- With 50% of all chronic patients not adhering to medication instructions, it’s believed that there is an opportunity through healthcare apps targeted at prescription adherence to create a cost savings of upwards of $300 billion in healthcare costs annually.
Healthcare mobile apps for doctors are worth the investment
As millennials’ habits in the healthcare marketplace continue to drive innovation and force technological advancement, it’s vital for healthcare professionals to embrace mobile healthcare applications as integral components to improving the performance of their practices. In the HIMSS study referenced above, 83% of respondents believe that their organization should be using mobile devices in the course of business. Additionally, 30% of respondents have contracted with a technology solutions provider to design organization-specific applications, while another 31% claim to have an organization-specific application already in use.
If you want to better manage and organize EHR and EMR at your medical practice, or if you’re looking to create the necessary tools to provide your patients with ongoing monitoring and care via a telemedicine approach, or need to integrate mobility into your medical practice in any way, Kays Harbor Technologies has the experience and expertise to support you. Contact us for a free consultation and see how Kays Harbor can be a growth partner in building the mobility tools needed to bring your practice to the next level.