These competitive days, even a smallest store or a cafe strives to have its own mobile app. And what about hospitals or clinics? It is not surprising that patients aren’t eager to become like regular customers to these places, since going to healthcare centers is often associated with stressful experience and physical suffering.
Can a Mobile App change patient’s attitude towards medical institutions? Here is a couple of cases where state-of-the-art technologies positively coexist with today’s realities of medical service.
Preliminary medical history assessment
An emergency room is the nerve of a hospital, especially at rush hour. A great number of people crowds there, causing the shortage of staff to register patients, to hear their medical complaints and examine them. Could technologies ease and speed up these processes? We have a successful case in our practice, and our answer is ‘yes’.
Tablet-based applications installed on patched tablet
Patients themselves or their relatives can enter registration information by using a patched tablet. In some countries and medical establishments, patients have to add their photos to a registration form, and it is actually an easy-to-do task with the help of a mobile device.
Developing a mobile application for gathering medical complains is a challenge that has to be met in cooperation with a medical expert. However a simple anatomical wizard embedded into the application, may enable patients to enter their complaints, accurately describe symptoms and body pains, etc., without turning to medical staff.
The mobile solution helps to make the work of medical staff time-consuming. It allows medical centers to cut the number of personnel working in an emergency room during peak hours and provides tangible benefits, such as:
- App localization to register foreign patients in multiple languages
- Registering people with different disabilities, e.g. speech disorder, neurological complications and other diseases that impede communication
- Visualization, graphical user interface and embedded anatomical wizard that smooth communication with elderly patients and children
Of course, there are some to be effectively solved. A custom healthcare mobile app is expected to deal with lots of nuances occurring while treating patients. Too much personal information has to be processed and registered: age, education, mindset, experience of using mobile devices, physical limitations, etc.
Hardware requirements should consider the option of denying patients from closing the application, switching to the desktop, opening another app or changing system settings. Special patches have to be implemented in a tablet operation system to secure default setups.
Hospital cuisine – choosing menu and planning diet
Catering is a very important part of medical care. A hospital menu takes into account diets recommended by doctors and significantly influences patients’ emotional state. In many hospitals, patients are allowed to choose from certain dishes. This can actually be easily done via a mobile app that enables browsing through the available courses limited by a patient’s diet. It is long proved that the opportunity to choose food and manage the menu has a positive impact on patients’ emotional state and helps them to recover faster. And the cherry top is that a mobile menu app allows cutting on the personnel engaged into catering and saves hospital budget.
Post-hospital care and remote patients monitoring
From 20% to 60% of rehabilitation procedures are done outside hospitals. Insurance companies demand to strictly follow doctor’s prescriptions and stick to rehabilitation program. Remote patient monitoring might be of great help in this case, although it has some pros and cons you should be aware of. A mobile app can be successfully used for monitoring patient’s health condition and motor activities, for keeping at hand all the doctor’s rehabilitation recommendations and for solving two main issues:
- Assist patients in following rehabilitation program on the regular basis.
- Detect patients who don’t follow the prescriptions and prevent possible related problems.
Our experience in the specific Mobile App development shows that the functionalities of such solutions can be varied enough. To provide an example, such mobile app can remind a patient to take meds on time in accordance with doctor’s prescriptions. The application may also provide individual diet recommendations or a physical activities program. A combination of heart rate monitors or fitness trackers with a medical mobile app entails doctors with an opportunity to remotely monitor vital signs.
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