What if you could get your hands on a simple piece of technology that could simplify your daily life and help build your practice? Imagine if a simple swipe across the screen of a smartphone could connect you with a network of physicians from around the world who are available to discuss complex clinical cases in a secure online location?
Wouldn’t you love to have the ability to connect directly with patients from anywhere in the world, improving outcomes and enhancing patient satisfaction?
You can, thanks to mHealth.
“mHealth” is short for “mobile health. It refers to the use of smartphones, tablets and other wireless technologies in medical care.
It’s a growing industry that’s affecting almost everything about the healthcare industry. Patients are using mHealth to self-diagnose, manage medications and schedule appointments. Smart physicians are using it to enhance the level of care they provide and connect with new patients.
Practices are using it to make money.
According to data from Grand View Research, mHealth has the potential to become a $50 billion industry by 2020–and much of the growth will be driven by apps.
Yes, mHealth and apps are here to stay, and enterprising physicians are learning how to use them to their advantage. Here’s a look at some of the most innovative and practical new apps for physicians that you need to know about:
MedShr is a mobile app developed by doctors, for doctors. It allows physicians from around the world the ability to connect with verified medical professionals in secure online locations to discuss cases by specialty.
The app’s goal is to make it easier for physicians to expand their professional networks, share expertise to improve patient care and learn from peers and specialists to pass exams.
Users of MedShr can also share photos and videos, which makes discussing complex cases more engaging and useful.
The Care-App takes telemedicine to new levels. Telemedicine, of course, has been shown to reduce hospital visits, reduce healthcare costs and deliver healthcare services to patients who might otherwise not be able to receive them.
The Care-App makes it possible for physicians and patients to have private, secure communication over Facebook, which is the largest social media platform in the world. It leverage the power of video connectivity to make the interaction more personal and allow doctors to see some symptoms and problems.
It also includes a tele-stethoscope device, which connects to the smartphone’s headphone jack, allowing for even more thorough exams.
This app is a great way to stay connected with patients who might not otherwise follow through on follow-up appointments, properly manage their medication or follow their treatment plans. It allows doctors to stay connected with current patients and expand their practice by offering the service to new patients.
Information is power, especially when it comes to the latest accessing the latest medical literature. CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Program) allows you to easily find, read and critically appraise the latest published papters.
It provides a systematic approach to analyzing papers through electronic document management (EDM), which can help you identify information that can improve your practice and improve patient outcomes.
Learn more about mHealth
If you want to the learn more about leveraging the incredible power of mHealth to build your practice, make your life easier and improve outcomes, visit the FDA’s site about mHealth apps.
Are you interested in networking online without apps? Consider physician forums!
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