With the advent of smartphones, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of mobile applications in the market. The mHealth market has witnessed a prominent and visible growth in the last few years. According to recent reports, there are more than 1,65,000 apps in the healthcare industry.
About two-thirds of these apps focus on fitness and general health while the remaining one-third apps are based on specific health conditions such as pregnancy, mental health and others. A latest study has found that mobile health applications are expected to become the second largest revenue generator by the year 2020, reaching up to 46 billion USD.
Apple – the world’s largest IT Company by revenue – plays a vital role in the healthcare industry. Apple with each passing year is making huge strides in helping digital savvy people to remain updated and informed about their health. The iOS health apps tell you about your health, heart and the steps you should take every day to reach the ultimate fitness goal.
The healthcare providers can deliver the best service by leveraging the powerful and intuitive tools of iOS. Apple’s technology helps them work within hospitals in a hassle-free manner, connect remotely with patients, and serve patients in a better way.
Key Features of the Healthcare Apps
Robust linking with each other – There are available different types of health-based apps for various clinical monitoring. There are apps that help in the proper diagnosis of different diseases and you will also find mobile apps that keep a check on the heart rate, blood sugar level and diet chart. One added advantage is that all these apps are highly integrated and can be robustly linked with one another.
Keep track of all the vital parameters – Another biggest advantage of the health apps is that they keep a record of all the vital parameters of the patient such as his body temperature, blood sugar level, blood pressure, and so on. All these health stats are easily accessible on the phone screen without visiting a doctor.
Keep tab of the shifts – The hospital operates 24*7*365, so the hospital staff work in shifts. These apps can help in maintaining the record of their attendance, their shift timings, their punch in and punch out timings. This also makes it easy for the management to allow the different shifts to the staff and assign off the duties in accordance to the shifts and departments.
Locating a hospital & finding a doctor – iOS apps come integrated with the geolocation features which enables user to immediately locate a hospital or doctor in the proximity in case of any emergency. These urgent care on demand (doctor on demand) mobile apps help patients save both time and money.
How iPhone Applications are Disrupting the Healthcare Industry
Apple’s Collaboration with 13 Healthcare Systems – On January 24, 2018, Apple and 13 renowned health organizations, including Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania, signed a pact wherein Apple has gained the rights to download the electronic health data of the patients of these health systems, but only with patients’ permission. This, in turn, will surely improve healthcare services and the health of people. It’s advantages:
Apple HealthKit and new API – Apple’s HealthKit is an innovative and intuitive patient data management software that can be used by iOS app developers for building health and fitness apps for iOS and watchOS. HealthKit is a central repository that allows apps to read, write and share patients’ health and activity data while maintaining user privacy. Apple’s new Health Records API allows the user to share their health record data such as lab reports, prescriptions, allergies and more.
Apple’s Secured and Protected Platform – All the apple products are designed to protect consumer privacy. The iOS devices feature touch and face IDs that allow patients and doctors to use their fingerprints and face as passwords to access data. Regular software updates protect iOS from emerging software attacks or hacking. All the apps are designed using standard protocol and enable access to data through authorized users. This gives the users the liberty to keep control of what is shared with their care teams or other apps.
Apple Watch, AI and Data Analytics
Apple Heart Study details the practical uses of Artificial Intelligence in medicine. Ideally, every person who is using an Apple Watch can participate in this program. It aims to collect data on irregular heart rhythms for the early diagnosis and treatment of heart problems.
The traditional approach to track heart rate is to make an ECG record. Apple’s newly launched Apple Watch Series 4 could actually save someone’s life by creating an ECG record with few clicks. It is the first smartwatch to have the capability to create electrocardiogram test results. In this new Apple Watch, there is a sensor that uses green LEDs to calculate the heart rate. And, the photosensitive photodiodes determine the blood volume flowing through one’s wrist.
Big data analytics also play a vital role in the development of iPhone healthcare applications. These gargantuan data sets help in determining the right features for apps that could boost overall health virtually.
The healthcare apps are witnessing a significant boost among fitness enthusiasts because it has simplified lives to a large extent.
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