If you think about the last time you had a doctor’s visit, you probably remember spending a lot of time waiting. It was either for your doctor to arrive or to return from retrieving your records from another location in the hospital in most cases. Many patients are wondering why software engineers, web developers and the technically gifted don’t offer solutions for expediting healthcare the way they do for other industries.
Combining Every Aspect of Healthcare
There are already countless apps that were created by entrepreneurs to encourage patients to take more responsibility for their health. These include apps for smartwatches, wearable heart rate/pulse trackers and apps for smartphones. It would be great if the developers of apps like these could work hand in hand with insurance companies and well-established hospitals to expand the capabilities of their products.
Creative developers with the capital should reach out to these corporate organizations to create apps that integrate socio-economic data, behavioral health, types of treatments and hospital data in one easy-to-understand and use interface that both doctors and patients have access to.
Crowdsourcing for Healthcare Application Development
Crowdsourcing is a development practice that can be implemented to zero in on the most creative and actionable ideas for improving the healthcare experience. There is virtually no limit to these new ideas when you have an almost unlimited supply of experts in their field involved in one given project.
You can find encouraging examples of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to develop state-of-the-art applications that already seem to be negating the need for a visit to the doctor. Human Dx is a fine example of what happens when humans and artificial intelligence come together to improve healthcare. This is a diagnosing application that can be installed on some smartphones. In a few minutes, Human Dx can tell you what your symptoms indicate you have, and it does this with the help of carefully chosen medical specialists.
The idea that software development can move into the ‘cloud’ is very promising for future healthcare app development. However, if hospitals don’t invest enough money for new computers and other equipment that is capable of being integrated into this, there isn’t much in the way of real progress to be made. This seems to be the biggest challenge.