In this day and age, healthcare services are perhaps more numerous than ever. Coinciding with the rapid increase in the use of technology, there’s never been a better time to merge the two worlds of healthcare and tech. In fact, over 50% of doctors regularly utilize computer tablets in their healthcare services.
Here we’ll explore some of the trends and habits of some of the best healthcare apps. Healthcare apps can perform different tasks, so it’s important to consider what features or tips might work best for you.
1. Communication features
Communication and contact features are standard parts of lots of mobile apps or websites, but it’s important not to underestimate how valuable they are. Not only does the ability to communicate directly facilitate better relationships between providers and patients, but this also provides patients with information about services offered or how to accomplish their goals.
2. Electronic records and information (PGHD)
Patient-generated health data (or PGHD) refers to the collection of all relevant health data about an individual (from both the patient and healthcare professionals).
Accessing important health data, vitals, family background/history, etc. all from the convenience of a mobile healthcare app is a reality that’s become more of an expectation. Patients, consumers, clients, etc. like to be educated and informed about themselves, their options, and who they work with!
Perhaps the most popular or recognized trend in healthcare apps or technology is the implementation of telehealth services. Telehealth or telemedicine services allow patients to access healthcare treatment or guidance through technology (without the need for a traditional face-to-face appointment).
Telehealth is popular for a lot of reasons. It’s convenient – individuals living in remote areas, for example, may not have to make long commutes to receive basic medical care. Telehealth also may be a more cost-effective option for some services, like counseling.
4. Booking or appointment systems
Allowing patients to access their scheduled appointment information, schedule appointments, cancel appointments, etc. is a powerful tool that can be implemented for a variety of healthcare services. Not only is this convenient, but it may also allow patients to be more flexible and better tailor their healthcare needs to their schedule.
5. Location services
GPS and location services are also popular not just in healthcare apps, but many apps in general. They can offer a lot of benefits to a user of your app. Perhaps they help a user locate the nearest healthcare provider office, for example, or help a user navigate how and where to purchase prescription medication.
6. Therapy and mental health
In connection to telehealth/telemedicine services, mental healthcare apps and online services have experienced a boom in popularity and usage. In a time of increased stress (but also less physical or social interaction), remote access to mental health services (therapy, psychiatry, etc.) is a very valuable tool to consider.
7. Tracking personal health data and info
Some healthcare apps may focus less on being an aide between patient and doctor. Personal healthcare apps, like those that focus on diet, fitness, etc., are often chart-toppers. Features like step-tracking, weight-tracking, food diaries, and meal planning, etc. are potential ways to utilize this trend in your app.
8. Augmented reality and virtual reality
Augmented reality is a groundbreaking new technology in a variety of industries, and healthcare apps and services are no exception. Patients might have a chance to view a 3D model of anatomical features, for example, or get a chance to visualize physical activity or exercise.
Images and interaction are important parts of engagement for any mobile app, and augmented reality is an excellent potential way to promote it!
9. Cloud data
Utilizing cloud data may make it easier for providers to access information, data, and records to patients. Cloud storage has become increasingly popular thanks to its accessibility, and healthcare apps are no exception.
10. Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence exists in many forms throughout healthcare as a field, including app and website technology. A good example of popular artificial intelligence online is the chatbot. Chatbots often offer information and resources to users and can sometimes carry out basic tasks or conversations!
Navigating mobile app design, software, or creation can be challenging. See examples of work we’ve done for clients here to explore what different options and services Onsharp can provide for you.