Mobile devices and technology have transformed our daily lives, and now they are even transforming the ways we heal.

The mobile health industry is booming. Smartphones, computer tablets, and apps are quickly bridging the communication gap between healthcare service providers and patients. In 2010, global revenue projections for mobile health were at $104 million. By 2020, we are estimating the industry will skyrocket to $49.12 billion.

With 80% of doctors already utilizing mobile devices in their practices daily, how are they finding success with them?

1. Simplify point-of-care coordination

Traditionally, when a patient with an acute condition is released from the hospital, he or she is given specific prescriptions and instructions by a nurse regarding medication administration and follow-up processes.

Unfortunately, research suggests that ambiguity, handwritten prescriptions, and general misunderstandings between the provider and patient lead to 70% of the medication errors that occur.

Doctors and nurses are now capable of coordinating better with the patients about their medication, condition, and next steps by communication through mobile devices like phones, tablets, and wearables.

Providers now have the ability to keep logs on their patients, update prescriptions and electronic health records remotely, and even check their vitals through the use of these devices.

93% of physicians believe that mobile health apps can improve patients’ health. And, after all, every provider’s goal is to lower the number of re-admissions and happily watch their patients progress through recovery properly. Mobile health devices are streamlining the transition between inpatient and outpatient care, making it easier for both the providers and their patients.

2. Remind patients automatically

The convenience of receiving medical advice in the palm of your hand is one of the many reasons why this industry continues to grow exponentially.

For many, the health care system can be a confusing and difficult one to navigate alone. With 91% of adults keeping their cell phone at arm’s reach, it makes sense that patients are relying on their mobile phones to fill prescriptions, schedule appointments, and follow up with treatments accurately.

3. Allow doctors to connect virtually

Mobile health apps and devices aren’t only for patients; doctors can find real benefits from them as well. Apps and social networks such as Doximity or Sermo are like virtual doctors’ lounges, offering doctors from all over the world a central hub for collaboration.

These HIPAA-secured sites provide physicians an outlet where they can communicate, ask questions, and provide answers to other physicians. Physicians can also upload their credentials to their profiles, access job boards, and use HIPPA-secure phone dialers or messaging and fax features to directly contact their patients.

The efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and convenience of the burgeoning mobile health market are garnering extremely positive responses throughout the industry.

Consider implementing apps and devices into your practice’s arsenal to improve your patient experience, and improve your own quality of work.

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