As a fast-paced and highly technological industry, healthcare facilities are consistently advancing to perform the highest level of care. Part of this advancement has included the utilization of mobile apps between staff and patients. Healthcare apps are helping organizations progress and stay connected with patients in many ways. Check out some of the ways incorporating an app into your facility can help keep your staff more engaged with and up-to-date on patients than ever.
Patient health management is enhanced
Upon leaving the doctors’ office or hospital, it can be a challenge to remember specific or complicated instructions pertaining to medications. UptoDate is an app that provides drug topics and recommendations to clinicians at point-of-care. Then apps such as the Nurse’s Pocket Guide allow staff to select diagnoses and write an effective care plan to send to their patients. That way, patients constantly have them on hand without needing to refer to written notes or discharge documents. Additionally, apps have the ability to notify patients when it is time to take certain medications or carry out a procedure outlined by their health provider.
Higher level of access to medical care facilities
Thanks to the advancements in Internet and mobile technologies, virtual doctor’s appointments are a possibility. Many patients who live in rural areas need to travel all the way to a major metro or city to consult specialists. Mobile apps can bridge this gap. PatientTouch allows staff to FaceTime with patients. Patients can send photos to their healthcare professionals through apps like DICOM Medical Selfie, and Cortext enables messaging for staff within the facility as well as patients outside of the building. With many options to communicate with healthcare professionals, the doctors and patients can decide if a physical visit is needed, or if providing virtual healthcare will suffice.
Small tasks are made more efficient
Calling the doctor to set up an appointment can result in a long time spent waiting on hold due to a high volume of patients. To make tasks like this simpler, healthcare professionals and patients can utilize an app that allows them to request and approve available appointment days, request refills, pay bills, etc.
Patients are kept in the know
While an app provide staff members access to facility new and updates, it can do the same for patients. Patients can easily be kept in the loop on organization updates and announcements. Other perks include physician directories, directions to locations, alternative locations and more.
Professionals are updated on industry happenings
Healthcare professionals can utilize apps such as Omnio, Medscape and PALS Advisor to keep information at their fingertips. These applications send notifications and educational articles on medical news. LabGear offers a library of medical lab tests. Additionally, staff can access information on dosages, basic life support, and more. These tools not only equip them with knowledge to help answer patient’s questions, but also make their lives a bit easier in order to focus more on their work and patient engagement.