New era in healthcare with special application software

We live in the era of information, when technology gets more wired into our everyday tasks each day with increasing speed. A decade ago it was hard to imagine our lives without a personal computer. Now as our existence gets more dynamic, the dependency on various applications to help us spend less time on otherwise time-consuming activities grows.

How much do you know about applications and principles of their work?

The term application usually refers to both the application software and its implementation. Applications can be also distinguished by the device they’re used on, thus desktop apps are developed for PCs or laptops and mobile apps are used on mobile devices.

Nowadays we can see more and more previously desktop applications increasingly going mobile. Mobile applications date back to the end of the twentieth century. Starting from small arcade games, ring tone editors, calculators, etc. they developed into more professional tools, carrying out large amount of functions. And if earlier mobile apps were developed by manufacturers, now operating systems for smart phones (Windows Mobile, Symbian, RIM, Android, Mac iOS), are open to the development of third-party software.

Types of applications depend on the sphere of their use, for example: media applications, accounting apps or healthcare apps. Their function, as of many other inventions, is to simplify our work by mechanizing some part(s) of it, giving us more time to be spent on other activities.

What are the new trends in health application development?

The health application industry increasingly goes mobile, thus becoming more cloud-driven. This allows users to keep all their relevant data safe and updated, accessible on all home devices.

According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA USA) estimates, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a health care application by 2015, and by 2018, 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users will have downloaded mobile health applications.

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“mHealth market 2015 overview” by research2guidance company

Another trend, leading to more accessibility and convenience is the widespread of wearable tech. It’s more than useful for people with chronic illnesses, who can monitor their health condition and blood sugar, or for those who simply want to stay fit and use pulse and distance tracking apps, etc. These devices can use smart sensors to capture and transmit all kinds of biometric data. More advanced and industry-specific apps can be used by doctors and patients alike, allowing to, for example, measure risk of skin cancer, blood pressure, or equipped with diagnostic ultrasound systems.

What is the future of health application development?

Though development of health applications is a fairly new trend, we can definitely say that they are here to stay. As an old proverb goes, “health cannot be bought”, but using these apps people can certainly keep some diseases under control.

OCS Innovation Company (OCSICO) has experience in developing a platform for hospitals and nursing homes, allowing the nursing stuff not only monitor the condition and movement of the sick and elderly, but also communicate with each other. Another such app helps control the process of postoperative patients’ rehabilitation, making all the information, including patient’s state and medical history, accessible via tablets. Doctors can also communicate with a patient or with each other using voice commands, making it more than just an application, rather an infrastructure, including a central server, web apps and consoles.

Development of medical applications can benefit all of us, and OCSICO has already taken part in this process, proving to be a reliable outsourcing partner.

For more information, contact Anna Lebedeva at anna.lebedeva@ocsico.com.

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