Thanks to the pandemic, technology is being adopted into everything, the healthcare industry is now looking for new ways to improve its services. One of these new methods is through mHealth. mHealth deals with using mobile technology to improve the patients’ health and this could be done through remote monitoring or telehealth.
It involves the use of mobile devices like phones or laptops to aid in the health improvement of patients, research and improvement of healthcare services. mHealth makes use of a wide array of apps and softwares as, in the current society, almost everyone owns a cellphone, hence the name “Mobile Healthcare”.
At the same time, the pandemic has helped to push the digital age, and hospitals and clinics are also blending into digitization and improving the use of mhealth.
Benefits of Using mHealth
Although it is a new technology, there are so many benefits to using mHealth, especially in areas where healthcare awareness is relatively low. It could be a huge game-changer and help to impact lives in every aspect.
- It Allows for Convenience:
Since the pandemic, people are now looking for ways to do things without stepping out of the comfort of their home; they no longer want to go all the way to the hospital and stand in a long line for a check-up and with mHealth, they don’t have to anymore. mHealth apps can help to reduce the cost and time of going to the hospital as most apps can easily be programmed to cater to these needs. Monitoring of illnesses by tracking symptoms can also be done easily and this allows for fast and efficient treatment.
- Makes Patient Education Easier:
Another major benefit to using mHealth in healthcare is the ease of patient education. There are now mHealth apps that can be used to educate patients on different conditions. It could also be used to prepare them for a procedure or an operation, helping to improve patient care.
- Easier Data Collection:
mHealth apps make it easier for healthcare companies to collect patient’s health data, such as signs of chronic diseases and medical history. This allows for easier diagnosis and faster treatment. It allows healthcare companies to make accurate research to provide better services to consumers.
While mHealth has a lot of benefits, it is relatively innovative and it still has a few downsides that need to be addressed; for example, the apps safety policies and the use of patients’ data. Understanding these problems and overcoming them will allow mHealth to reach its full potential in the healthcare industry.