The virtual hospital idea is making great progress in recent years because of the advances we’ve experienced in technology. Thanks to information technology, we have a whole new generation of patient-centric care that gives people the ability to customize their medical treatment to their specific needs. This tech comes in the form of apps.
The Old Adage Is True
These days, the cliché is “There’s an app for that,” refers to “applications” or software programs on phones. Smartphones are essentially just handheld computers, and their processing power has made it possible for them to address a variety of needs, from taking pictures to filing expense accounts for business lunches.
Now, however, apps are entering healthcare. Fitness apps, for example, were the first wave of health-related apps, allowing people to track their exercise and diet activity, thus being more pro-active about staying healthy. From fitness, apps have now spread to more specific healthcare concerns, such as women’s health apps, or apps to monitor medicine intake and dosage.
For Professionals Too
Healthcare apps aren’t just for the patients themselves. These apps also make it possible for healthcare providers to interact with the virtual hospital. Apps can organize and make more accessible a wealth of important patient data, including medical records, and payment data, all while remaining HIPAA compliant to protect patient privacy. This can be essential for retaining access to information while on the go, making the rounds and visiting a patient at home. When combined with mobile technologies that gather medical data, this means that even if when doctors make housecalls, they have access to the detailed medical information they need to make an accurate diagnosis.
There are even apps that can now help medical professionals in an emergency. Pulsara, for example, is an app that EMS staff can use to send over medical telemetry ahead of time to the ER, including ECG data, and even photos of injuries so that ER staff knows what to expect ahead of time.
The big, fixed installations for analysis, record storage, and even treatment don’t necessarily have to confine themselves to a hospital setting. App-based healthcare is making it easier to mobilize patient-centric care. And that means that people have a greater chance of staying out of the hospital for extended recovery or receiving treatment entirely at home if their diagnosis qualifies them for this option.