Crowded emergency rooms, waiting for hours for a 15 minutes appointment with the doctor and joining long queues at the pharmacy to get the prescribed medicines are all a thing of the past. Rapid technological advances have made life easier and healthcare delivery convenient not only for patients but also for the doctors.
Telemedicine, virtual clinics, e-health are no more a dream; they are a living reality. The latest breed of technological tools being used in healthcare setups have emerged in the form of android apps to span the distances between the doctors and their patients as well as within the doctors’ community itself.
Here is how technology, especially the use of health apps, has helped improve the standards of healthcare provision.
Telemedicine has helped the health professionals communicate with patients in far flung areas. It is fitting not only for the patients but also for the doctors who can manage to look after more patients in lesser time. Mobile phone apps have become virtual clinics and have brought healthcare right to the doorstep of the patients. Even the underprivileged population located in distant areas with limited access to health services, can benefit from it.
India’s sound technological infrastructure is one of the main reasons for better patient outcomes and improved quality of healthcare services. With remote chat, call and HD video consultation facilities provided by the health apps, medical care has crossed the threshold of the patients’ homes, making the health services more efficient and streamlined.
No waiting in lines
Mobile apps have made it possible for the doctors to have access to the patients’ records easily. Doctors can even use the android apps for prescribing over the counter medicines to their patients who do not even need to leave their houses for minor medical problems to seek medical advice.
Electronic records have helped doctors meticulously document every patient’s case individually. E-prescribing of the medicines makes sure that your prescription is with the pharmacist and the medicines ready to be picked up even before you arrive at the pharmacy. The practice is more convenient and less time consuming.
Mobile apps have eliminated the need of meticulously recording all the patients’ data, saving loads of paperwork. It has become possible due to all the data being recorded electronically. It has also eliminated the need for the patients to fill out the same information and forms with every visit to the doctor. With all the patient records just a click away, doctors have easy and efficient access to patient’s case files which saves a lot of time.
Mobile apps have made it possible for the doctors to receive payments easily through remote billing gateways, aka the health apps. These apps have effectively solved the problem of remote billing.
Use of health apps has made it possible for the health professionals to choose the right medical personnel to share the medical data of the patients with. This way, the privacy of the patients can be maintained with only the authorized doctors having the access to patients’ case history and records.
Prompt information sharing
Sharing of information between health professionals authorized to access a particular patient’s records has become a reality with technological boom. This assists in a multidisciplinary approach and enhanced decision support. E-medicine and mobile apps allow rapid communication with patients without them having to wait for long duration before the results of their tests become available. It also allows the patients access to their health records.