Mobile Health | Mobile Computing
Vol: 2; Iss: 12; Dec 16 | ISSN: 2454-5422
Smart phones and other mobile apps are largely used in various areas of healthcare like health education, health management, data management, health information, and relative workflow processes. Variety of mobile phone apps have been developed to monitor the health of patients and provide the relative data to physicians. The modern age technology is driving the market growth as it saves time and proves much beneficial in providing medical care to patients in remote areas. The global market for mobile medical apps designed for healthcare professionals is projected to reach US $ 14 billion by 2020, driven by the ongoing mobile revolution in healthcare and growing adoption of mobile computing among care givers to improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosis and treatment. Mobile medical Apps refer to software programs, designed to provide health services over mobile communication devices such as smart phones, and tablets. They are increasingly becoming part of the emerging shifts towards mobile health. A wide range of health apps are currently offered for users to be purchased/downloaded from app stores. While most of the apps are targeted at consumers, few apps are available for physicians. A critical advantage of using apps is the ability to gain access to a number of points of care tools which assist healthcare professionals with better clinical decision making.