How Medical Apps are Transforming Patient and Physician Live's
How Medical Apps are Transforming Patient and Physician Live's
December 24, 2020 by eMedEvents

In the year 2020, technology has given patients and physicians the power to better control their lives and interact in a more efficient manner. Smart phone apps allow patients to set up exercise plans, monitor their heart rate, blood pressure, sugar levels, set up doctor appointments, and find nearby physicians. On the physician side, apps have made it easier to keep in contact with patients, which allow less doctor visits and gives them quicker access to patient’s records. Below we will discuss in detail the influence technology, more specifically apps, have in shaping the world of Medicare. 

1.    Allows patients to control their health:
Long gone are the days, where once a year, patients went to the doctor’s office, and got their medical evaluation report. Now patients have the convenience of monitoring their own health, right from their couch. Patients are also using apps to help with their exercise and eating habits, with the most popular apps (over 76 million) that users generally downloaded, either had to do with exercise, or weight loss. Probably the most remarkable achievement, is that apps are currently being designed to help with mental health issues. Apps such as Moodfit, determine the severity of your mental health, by analyzing what gives you stress, and help you better understand why you feeling a certain way, by sending you articles and audio files related to your issues. Other apps try to use tranquility exercises such as yoga, meditation and breathing techniques, to teach you how you to relieve anger and clear your mind. Regardless if your issues are physical, or mental, technology can help you have a better grip on your health.

2.    Allows physicians to better utilize their time:
Instead of spending hours shifting though files for a patient’s medical history, apps make it very easy and convenient to access a patient’s records, while also being able to enter information themselves, to make sure a patient’s clinical information is always up to date. Patients are also allowed to have virtual checkups with their doctors, that way to best determine if there is a necessity to come into the office for a personal appointment. This saves the doctor time from unnecessary checkups for minor problems, and more time to focus on patients with more dire needs. Finally, apps not only allow for quick and neat organization of a patient’s files, but they also allow those files to be shared among other doctors, which can be accessed via health portals. 

3.    Helps patients not only save money, but understand their medical bills as well:
With apps always monitoring a patient’s health, patients can become aware when their health starts to deteriorate. If a patient can successfully diagnose and treat themselves before their sickness gets worse, they can save themselves trips to the doctor’s office/hospitals and will not need to take time off work. This especially becomes critical when according to Trusted Choice, the typical in-patient stay, at a hospital, is five days and will cost you over $10,000. Not helping the fact is that over 60% of all bankruptcies come from medical expenses. Lastly apps can help patients who don’t fully understand their bills, or just don’t have enough time to dedicate to filling out their claims. One such app called “Better”, takes digital copies of their client’s out-of-network bills and completes them for a 10% reimbursement rate. 

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