Apps for medical diagnostics

The future of healthcare industry

As mobile technologies evolve, so are the potential sources of healthcare information changing the medical landscape. Today’s doctors and medical practitioners have more resources than ever in their mobile devices and this trend is not going to slowdown anytime soon. The fact is, when it comes to patient treatment and diagnosis, up-to-date information and expertise is what matters and that is why physicians tend to combine instinct, knowledge and experience with technology.

We have an exhaustive list of medical apps for iPhones, iPads, and android smartphones currently being used by healthcare practitioners offering benefits in various ways.Some of the benefits are listed here.

  1. Medical e-content in Apps are way cheaper than the print version of the books it replaces.
  2. Apps enable looking up of terms in a faster and less tedious manner. Physicians can learn about diseases within seconds.
  3. Physicians can assess their clinical knowledge on the go in medical practices.
  4. Some apps have list of FAQ with answers that help physicians respond to queries within the medical context easily.
  5. They provides summaries of latest news and articles.
  6. It is easy for practitioners to test out their decision making skills in a risk-free environment using clinical case scenarios in apps.
  7. Apps allow physicians to find and communicate with each other in distant places easily.
  8. They can make monitoring medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney diseases much clearer and easier.
  9. Some apps accept a pattern of symptoms in everyday language and instantaneously figure out from a vast database of over 5,000 diseases, the most likely ones the patient is supposed to have acquired.
  10. Some apps can help physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc. perform day-to-day calculations on medical values related to medicine e.g. on cardiovascular symptom
  11. There are Apps like the well-known “The Merck Manual “which provide information on thousands of diseases, treatments and clinical approaches to each disorder and thus provide ways of gaining more knowledge or checking facts.
  12. Apps can also be linked with medical tools to further stretch its potential in healthcare use. For example the iPhone with attachments can be used as to check for ear infections (otoscope), or as eyepiece digital adaptor to examine eye for defects, as a skin scanner (dermatoscope) etc. All this can be done from home or remote places and images taken can be directed for further consultation or analysis.

Apart from serving the healthcare practitioners, apps play key roles in consumer oriented healthcare too; like in patient education, disease self-monitoring and management etc. Given its growing use, it is better to consider the fact that some apps may lack clinical evidences or exaggerate their capabilities. Consumers should realize that Apps certainly cannot replace routine trips to the doctor but just make things easier by serving as a medical accessory.

Approaches to improve the quality of apps such as boosting app literacy by the medical technology community, enforcing transparency by app stores and researchers, government regulations, active medical reviews etc. can just perhaps overcome the challenges and ensure safe medical apps that are here to rule the roost in the realm of present and future healthcare.