‘There’s an app for that’ was the commercial tagline at the tip of everybody’s tongue when Apple first came out with the concept. Innumerable applications have flooded the markets since then, for just about anything you can think of. Virtually all industries piped in to grab a piece of cake that this multimillion software market is. The medical industry made its move by inducting health-based applications.
It’s what made it possible to gain easy access to clinical data anywhere. An exhibition at the 2013 TEDMED conference, introduced the idea of the “smartphone physical,” which demonstrated an assortment of gadgets that, when plugged into a Smartphone, give clinical reports on everything from collecting blood pressure to testing visual acuity. Clinical testing applications have been flooding markets ever since.
Mobile apps can identify diseases and provide answers to frequently asked questions related to the ailments you search for. Personalized user-profiles and databases are created to cater to the patients’ precise needs and offer various suggestions.
Then, they will prompt patients to participate or volunteer in trials from the comfort of their homes, which will help analyze their exact case and explain to them how it will benefit them. Patients can thus utilize this information to manage their own health and share this data with their treating physicians. Overall, this holistic process gets the patient at ease and gives him a better understanding of his therapeutic options.
The idea is to revolutionize the medical care industry and for technology to ultimately benefit the patient, with enhanced products at reasonable prices. Mobile applications make this possible because:
Applications range from general to specific, depending on what you are seeking. Here are a few examples of the options you can explore:
Echocardiography Atlas by Epocrates is an app that caters to specific diseases such as aortic valve disease, myocardial infarction, and infectious endocarditis.
The Heart Failure Trials app keeps you up to date with the latest in heart failure research and evidence-based medicine.
The Breast Cancer Diagnostic Guide app, walks you through your breast cancer pathology report and other tests and information that help you decide which treatments which are suited for you with reference to your doctor.
The Diabetes Buddy allows users to record glucose values, physical activity time, carbohydrate intake, and water consumption.
Apart from these, there are companies like WebMB, Calvin Labs, and PPD that provide a wide range of information as well as diagnostic test apps that are compatible with various platforms:
CTEP (Clinical Trial EndPoint) has developed its product – RealWorld EDC – specifically for data collection. PPD’s application is proposed for those who may participate in clinical research; it also gives investigators the means to track and save trials for reference in a wide range of areas.
Pixmeo SARL is an app widely used by radiologists, neuroradiologists, and other medical professionals, while OsiriX is said to have the diagnostic power of a full workstation: it diagnosed 124 out of 125 cases correctly.
What these apps will do best is change the way the medical industry functions. Doctors will no longer have to rely on gut feelings and take a good number of tests to determine the problem.
Diagnostics of the problem will be easy with the routine monitoring by these apps. Previously, as you can recall, patients had to be kept in hospitals for monitoring – now, the process has become a whole lot easier. With proper mHealth apps, patients will no longer be in the dark about their disease and its cure.