Tech-world has made itself a strong force in the entire world. Being an important of almost any industry, technology has, to say the least, changed the entire landscape of the world. From business practices to lifestyle habits, all have been reformed.
Technology has also become a vital pillar of the healthcare industry. And as mobile phones are the most pervasive form of technology, they too have had a similar significant impact on healthcare.
Bridged the gap between doctor and patient
The physical barrier is a huge problem when it comes to the patient and doctor relationship. In this vast world, it is not always possible to have access to health care and especially doctors.
Hence, many people need to suffer from great inconveniences to get themselves the much-needed medical attention. Moreover, remoteness is not just the sole issue, sometimes the political tensions and dangerous terrains are a hurdle as well.
However, internet is ubiquitous and does not care for physical barriers. Therefore, people can download mobile applications to book an appointment with the doctor. They can chat about the ailment, and if very serious, the patient can be brought into the hospital.
The patient doctor gap is thus bridged, allowing for access to a good doctor as long as you have the internet. All thanks to mobile applications, the top general physician in Karachi is available, always, regardless of where the patient is located.
Another logistical issue is of the medicines. Many mobile applications allow for online booking order for different medicines. Patients thus do not have to run around, with their ailment, looking for the medicines.
Moreover, many a times, medicine is short in one city and present in another. Hence, online purchasing transcends this physical barrier and ensures that these important drugs make it to the patients in time. Thus, mobile apps have allowed for seamless disease treatment.
Community health workers & data gathering
Data plays a crucial role in community medicine. The institutes responsible need to have a cohesive data of the prevalent issues in the community, the supplies that need to be kept, designing the budget etc.
This important data gathering is done by the community health workers. Initially, they had to write all the patient data. This was consolidated at the community level, then given to the higher ups and so on. The rather tedious process not only led to unnecessary paper log, but also wasted precious time.
On the other hand, now applications have been introduced that the community workers directly lodge the data into. All the respective personnel have access to the admin portal. Hence, it is possible for the heads to make quick decisions and better serve the public.
Medical business is booming
Ultimately, private practice is a business, and all the doctors are selling a service. They therefore need to take steps to ensure a more lucrative practice, and mobile applications play a big role.
Not only these apps increase their access to patients from virtually all across the world, but they also make great accountability for the patients as well. Knowing that a disgruntled patient can leave a bad review, hence deterring future patients, doctors are also watchful of their conduct. And so, with better rating comes better business.
Patient history and data is readily available
The massive paper overhaul that used to occur to track patient history has now been made much easier by the mobile applications. Different cloud storage solutions allow for the doctors and hospitals to save patient data.
Consequently, patient history can easily be looked up by doctors without wasting precious time. It also allows for different doctors treating the same patient to look up the entire history and the prescriptions to make a more informed decision of the patient’s treatment.
Moreover, many machines also come with integration with applications. This allows for the test results to be synced with the patient history as well.
E-banking allows for quick and easy payment
Payment has been a problem with many hospitals, especially community medical complexes. Attendants and patients had to stand in long lines, waiting for their turn to pay to get the treatment.
However, due to the integration of e-banking applications with in many hospitals, patient can simply pay online without the hassle of queuing up.
Convenient testing solutions
Budget constraints has not allowed for important testing equipment to be present in every district. However, ‘IT for development’ sector has been working on resolving this issue. One such great invention is the handheld ultrasound device.
These devices just need to be plugged into a phone, which functions as the sonogram screen. These can be sent over to other doctors as well for expert opinion.
Similarly, digital CT scan machines have been introduced as well. They allow for the radiologists to view the report from anywhere in the world. Moreover, due to digital viewing and sharing, the reports do not have to be printed and thus there is less exposure to radioactive material as well.
Virtual visit from the doctor
House calls have now become obsolete, all thanks to mobile applications. One can simply video or audio call up the top general physician in Lahore, talk to them about the deteriorating health or seek their advice, pay them online there and then. All of this, from the comfort of your space!