How Mobile Applications are Changing Healthcare

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  • How Mobile

    Applications are

    Changing Healthcare

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  • The widespread adoption and use of mobile technologies is opening up new and

    innovative ways to improve health and health care delivery. Medical mobile

    applications are expanding the capability of healthcare providers to customize

    treatment for patients. Over the last few years, several mobile apps have been

    developed that offer quick access to evidence-based medical research from

    mobile devices. Healthcare applications are making it possible for physicians to

    view x-rays, review clinical notes, track health progress and access information to

    any medical condition through major mobile platforms such as iPhone, Android,

    Blackberry, and Windows.

    It is estimated that the market for mobile healthcare apps will be worth $400

    million by 2016. Moreover, according to the FDA:

    500 million smart phone users worldwide will be using a health care

    application by 2015

    By 2018, 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smart phone and tablet

    users will have downloaded mobile health applications. These users include

    health care professionals, consumers, and patients.

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  • Mobile apps also help people manage their own health and wellness, promote

    healthy living, and gain access to useful information when and where they need

    it. The FDA regulates mobile apps that can pose a greater risk to patients, but

    exercises enforcement discretion in the case of mobile medical apps that

    Help patients/users self-manage their disease or condition without providing

    specific treatment suggestions;

    Provide patients with simple tools to organize and track their health

    information;

    Provide easy access to information related to health conditions or

    treatments;

    Help patients document, show or communicate potential medical conditions to

    health care providers;

    Automate simple tasks for health care providers; or

    Enable patients or providers to interact with Personal Health Records (PHR) or

    Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems.

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  • Mobile Medical Applications Some Latest Developments

    App detects mood swings via voice analysis in people with bipolar

    disorder:

    Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a Smartphone app

    that monitors subtle qualities of a person's voice during everyday phone

    conversations. It shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in

    people with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes

    unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-

    day tasks.

    The app runs in the background on an Android smart phone and automatically

    monitors the patients' voice patterns during calls. Only the patient's side of

    everyday phone calls is recorded - and the recordings themselves are encrypted

    and kept off-limits to the research team. While the app still needs much testing

    before widespread use, early results from a small group of patients show its

    potential to monitor moods while protecting privacy.

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  • A-CHESS app helping people overcome alcoholism

    The recent report of a new smartphone app offers hope for alcoholics. Clinical

    trials at the University of Wisconsin have found that a new smartphone app called

    A-CHESS may help alcoholics overcome their addiction. Designed to deal with

    addiction, the app helped recovering alcoholics stay sober or reduce their risky

    drinking.

    The clinical trial involved about 350 participants who successfully completed

    treatment for alcoholism in five residential programs -- three in the Midwest and

    two in the northeastern United States. It was found that the participants who

    used the A-CHESS app had nearly a 65 percent chance of abstaining from

    drinking in the year after their release from a treatment center, compared to

    those who left the center without using the app.

    By the end of the year, about 52 percent of patients using A-CHESS had

    remained consistently alcohol-free, compared with about 40 percent of patients

    who received conventional forms of support.

    ALCOHOLISM

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  • Medical mobile applications development services are available to provide

    physicians with important healthcare data and improve patient care. It is also

    important that they have mobile medical websites to improve their visibility on

    mobile devices. A mobile web design company can help with this. Professional

    companies provide their medical clients with websites that are easily navigable,

    quick loading and SEO-friendly, and optimized for viewing on mobile devices.

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