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The Revolutionary Impact of Healthcare Mobile Apps In Remote Regions

Amy Groden-Morrison

By Amy Groden-Morrison, vice president of marketing and sales operations, Alpha Software.

In an era where technology intersects with health to create impactful solutions, healthcare mobile applications are proving to be a lifeline in remote and underserved regions. These digital tools are not just applications but are transforming into portals of hope, providing critical healthcare services that were once deemed inaccessible.

Let’s dive into the transformative power of healthcare mobile apps, particularly in regions where traditional healthcare infrastructure struggles to reach — primarily focusing on the realm of healthcare and technology, shining a light on innovations that spark inspiration and demand active participation and advancement within this critical sector.

Telemedicine Services: Facilitating Remote Consultations

One of the most significant contributions of healthcare mobile apps is the facilitation of telemedicine services. In remote areas, where the nearest healthcare facility could be hours away, telemedicine has become a game-changer. It enables patients to seek advice from healthcare professionals via video calls, messages, or emails. This immediate access to doctors and specialists can mean the difference between life and death in critical situations. Moreover, it helps manage chronic conditions, mental health, prenatal care, and post-surgery follow-ups, making healthcare a continuous, rather than sporadic, service.

Empowering Community Health Workers: Training and Data Collection

Healthcare mobile apps are instrumental in empowering community health workers (CHWs) in remote regions. These apps serve as both a training tool and a data collection platform. With tailored apps, CHWs can access up-to-date medical information, training materials, and guidelines, enhancing their ability to provide care. Furthermore, these apps facilitate real-time data collection and patient monitoring, enabling healthcare providers to make informed decisions and track health trends in the community. This digital empowerment of CHWs extends the reach of healthcare services, making them more effective and responsive.

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5 Digital Health Services That Are Here to Stay

By Devin Partida, technology writer and the editor-in-chief, ReHack.com.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the medical industry with one of its most significant challenges yet. While the virus has pushed health care systems to their breaking point, some positives have arisen from this hardship. The demand for digital health services has skyrocketed, and many of these tools will continue to improve health care after the pandemic.

Healthcare organizations have had to turn to new technology in response to the extremes of COVID-19. In doing so, the medical industry has become more resilient, safe and efficient than ever. Many of these technologies are so advantageous that they’ll become standard practice in post-COVID medicine.

Many digital health services will remain long after researchers find a way to halt the pandemic, but here are five of the most significant.

1. Remote Consultation Services

Few medical technologies have been as crucial during COVID-19 as telemedicine, specifically remote consultation. Between January and early June, telehealth adoption rose by 50% as concerns over catching the virus in hospital waiting rooms grew. In April, remote consultation accounted for almost half of all Medicare primary care visits.

Now that so many health systems support remote consultation, it won’t likely go away. These services have improved public safety and made health care more accessible. In a nation where access to health care has traditionally fallen short, that’s an indispensable resource.

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