How Mobile Applications Will Change an Outdated Healthcare System
Have you ever sat in line at the emergency room? Maybe you or a loved one have suffered physical ailments due to oversight or inaccurate information? Regardless, you can’t deny that the health care system is extremely outdated and slow. So how does a massive system like healthcare switch its operations safely and easily? The biggest problem in the healthcare industry is that it is a reactive system, rather than a proactive system. This means that action is only taken to help patients when something has already happened, rather than taking precautions to avoid accidents and disease in the first place. The answer to any outdated system may be a mobile app.
The Wrong Approach
One of the biggest culprits in the healthcare industry is the lack of doctor-patient interaction. It can take months to get an appointment with any doctor and even longer to see a specialist. This goes hand in hand with the amount of time that it takes to get results on any physical tests where your health could take a steep decline by the time you get your results. These problems and more have strongly contributed to the steady decline of the quality of healthcare we receive in Canada and the United States. Something needs to be done to solve these problems and keep the current system from becoming any more of a nightmare than it already is. So what can be done about the healthcare system and how could a mobile app be a part of it?
The Right Approach
The solution to modernizing the healthcare industry could be easier than we all think. Despite already being digitized, most medical information systems are in desperate need of an upgrade. This may incorporate a modern user interface to improve the ease of access, interconnectivity of information, and improved user experience. This would open the door to allow third-party systems such as Fitbit or smartwatches to accurately measure and store data for more critical cases. This can all be linked to the healthcare system being a reactive system rather than a proactive system. This means that people who are sick or injured are seen when something bad has already happened, rather than taking the preemptive steps ahead of time to avoid disease and injury. A system also needs to be put in place for more critical information that transmits vitals to the doctor responsible. This could alert them of fluctuations or early warning signs in patients and act accordingly before they become a serious problem. A solution that goes hand in hand with a proactive healthcare model would be early treatment and vaccination for on the rise diseases. This entirely new approach would only serve to help people and put the pressure on preventative medicine, rather than a reactive solution.
Qardiyo HF – A Kickstarter Innovation
At Vog App Developers, we have had the unique opportunity to work with a local cardiologist that solves exactly that. With the Qardiyo HF app, users are able to accurately measure their heart rate and send real-time data directly to their clinic. This is key for at-risk patients to detect early warning signs, and maintain a solid line of communication with their doctor. This creates a proactive system, stopping potential threats before they even begin, and bringing peace of mind to patients knowing that their clinic and doctor are within close reach. The app works by accurately measuring a patient’s heart rate, well being, sleep patterns/length, blood pressure, weight, and predetermined questionnaires provided by the patient’s doctor, accurate to each patient specifically. This app looks to grow and expand beyond their own clinic and hopes to eventually partner wearable tech for more accurate results. The Qardiyo team hopes to be the first movement in a more proactive healthcare system and knows their success will influence other clinics and practitioners to take a more proactive approach with their patients.
The bottom line is that with the state of modern technology today, it pays to keep up with the times and use what most people already have on them; their smartphone. This partnered tech could work with an upgraded digital system and connect information about each patient regardless of what hospital, or doctor they are seeing. If you’re interested in learning more, check out Qardiyo HF on respective app stores and visit Vog App Developers website to check out more innovative ideas currently in development. At Vog, we build more than apps, we build businesses.