There is no doubt that the internet has had a profound impact on healthcare, but it has also been a mixed bag. On the one hand, the internet has given patients better access to information about certain conditions as well as treatment options. On the other hand, the internet is also rife with misinformation that can cause patients to mistrust their doctors or feel they are in a better position to make diagnoses. The marriage of medicine and technology has been a slow, bumpy and complicated one. Technology is slowly but surely improving patient care overall. Here are three ways that a growing range of healthcare apps are helping improve patient care.
Better preventative maintenance
The same way doing regular maintenance on your car can help you avoid expensive trips to the mechanic, basic healthcare like good diet and exercise can help cut down on visits to the doctor. Fitness apps and wearables are helping people stay active and better monitor their overall health. This can have a significant impact on a wide range of health concerns such as diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and even create better mental health.
If there is anything even more sensitive than financial data, it is medical records. In the past, due to privacy concerns, most patients were forced to schedule a trip to the doctor just to get even the most routine test results. Today, thanks to advancements in digital security, patients can receive test results right on their mobile devices and even schedule follow-up appointments when necessary.
Better records management
Hospitals and medical offices are busy, sometimes chaotic environments. Between the heavy influx of patients and even crises that can suddenly erupt out of nowhere, keeping accurate records has sometimes been a challenge. This is particularly true when a single patient may need to see a number of specialists or even visit care providers in different networks. Now, thanks to barcodes, scanners and a number of record-keeping apps, medical professionals are able to more quickly and easily record important information that also goes directly into a patient’s master file. No more important records getting lost or ending up in the wrong file and no more trying to read the illegible scrawl of physicians.