How mHealth Apps Aid in Chronic Disease Management

Dec 21, 2017 5:30:29 PM

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Digital healthcare system is orienting towards delivery of accessible and affordable care. With healthIT ecosystem maturing at full tilt, it is embroiled in the endeavours to manage chronic disease at personal and public level.

Statistics present chronic disease as one of the stumbling block in a streamlined and productive healthcare system, affecting almost half of the wealth and resources. According to Center for Chronic Disease Control (CDC), 75 percent of nation’s aggregate healthcare spending is done for chronic diseases, which is estimated to be 5,300 USD/person in the U.S.

This poses a great threat to the healthcare system of various developing countries as well where nation’s economy and infrastructure is feeble to for chronic disease management.

Responding to the call for a healthcare system that reaches the patients fast, is affordable, and effective, digitalIT solutions have been in forefront. And for the digital health systems to thrive, smartphones have been offering the most reliable platform. Here, we discuss some of the creative ways for how mHealth apps can cater to the chronic disease management need.

How mHealth Apps are Simplifying Chronic Disease Management

  • mHealth Apps for Medical Consultation

Chronic disease like diabetes, cancer, heart and stroke disease, asthma, alzheimer’s disease calls for time-to-time consultation from doctors or physicians to take relevant actions against unusual health behaviours.

This problems has been addressed through virtual healthcare systems like doctor-patient portals. With introduction of some active and secure mobile platforms like Lybrate, iSikcure, Medidoc etc., patients are being able to access care by consulting doctors via eVisits, by easily sharing health vitals for medical recommendation, for on-time F2F consultation booking etc.

ALSO READ: How Patient Portals are Improving the Virtual Healthcare System

  • mHealth Apps for Fitness Tracking

Amongst the various reasons for which users prefer mHealth applications, transparency or better overview of fitness/ improvement in fitness level get maximum number of votes. Mobile apps that continuously keep a track of diet, health vitals (like blood pressure, heart rate, temperature etc.) allow patients with chronic disease to manage health and avoid risks.

With healthcare wearables capable of detecting heart strokes, tracking calories, record workout sessions, track sleep cycles etc., their compatibility with mobile apps are offering affordable and creative ways to stay fit, healthy, and manage chronic disease.

  • mHealth Apps for Medical Research

Mobile applications are backing medical research programs to improve treatment for chronic disease. For example: A gaming app, named ‘Sea Hero Quest’ is a part of research that’s helping scientists to fight dementia (Alzheimer’s disease).

“Sea Hero Quest is a simple sailing app that enable researchers to gather information that could help doctors to identify early signs of dementia. The game tracks how players navigate its mazes to build a picture of how people of certain ages, genders, and origins perform.”

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mHealth App Development on Mind? We can Help!

The above examples elaborates how mobile apps can be a great support in managing chronic health, for both patients and providers. With healthcare application development being our forte, we have helped startups and healthcare institutions to develop disruptive healthcare platforms.

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Topics: Mobile Healthcare

Archna Oberoi

Written by Archna Oberoi

Content strategist by profession and blogger by passion, Archna is avid about updating herself with the freshest dose of technology and sharing them with the readers. Stay tuned here as she brings some trending stories from the tech-territory of mobile and web.