Healthcare is one of the most important sectors in the world right now and the technology has made it even more accessible to the users with the buzz word, mHealth apps. These apps help patients to monitor their health conditions and access to check their past health-related records instantly for their future reference with doctors to get things done quickly.
The global mHealth app market was valued at around US$28.320 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach up to US$102.35 billion by 2023. The major driving factors fuelling the growth of the mHealth market is the increased adoption of smartphones, as well as the continued heavy investment in the digital health market.
Some of the key players in the mHealth market are Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Novartis AG, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Merck and Co., Inc., Pfizer, and Sanofi.
Some of the benefits of using mHealth apps are:
The mHealth apps correspond for the quicker treatments of patients, as they store the medication and treatment records about the patient’s health condition and the medical personnel could have a glance at it to provide the necessary treatment at the earliest.
Improved user experience
With these mHealth apps, the patients are directly connected with their doctors. Since only internet connectivity is required, it is quite easy for the patients to connect with the physicians, get a consultation, review medicines and solve queries, all through mobile devices, laptops, desktops, etc.
Increased online consultations
Earlier, meeting doctors personally was the only way of getting yourself treated. But today, more clinics and independent practitioners have prompted online consultations. As with the patients, the doctors find it easier to understand the patients’ symptoms and provide the right treatment, all in the virtual space. It’s a time-saving and cost-effective solution. And, what’s more, patients can get medical attention 24×7.
Even the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies are thinking that mHealth apps are the most viable option since they provide accurate information regarding the diagnosis and treatment and the necessary information could be extracted in a matter of seconds. This results in minimizing paperwork to store data as all the patient-related information is accumulated in the cloud.
Thousands of companies have developed and delivered mHealth apps as per the user needs. As these are user-centric apps, it needs to be user-friendly and easily adopted by the patients.