Nowadays, when the standard of living goes higher, so does the technology. People tend to be stricter when it comes to health problems. Therefore, healthcare service is also a competitive business in the whole economy. The trend of using mobile phones, and electric devices is increasing rapidly day by day, so people also prefer using healthcare apps and medical apps more than ever. To create a useful medical app that meets audiences' demand we need to focus on adapted technology. Now let’s accompany us to see what technologies are adapting now on healthcare apps!
Cloud computing is a fundamental building block of the majority of mobile apps, especially medical apps. Cloud storage systems offer increased flexibility, storage, and automation, as well as reduced cost, compared to traditional physical servers. Using cloud storage, clinical images can be accessed by multiple doctors, electronic health records (EHR) can be accessed from any location, and patient-level health and fitness information can be stored and tracked over time, just to name a few applications. Big players in cloud computing include Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, and these companies also operate in the medical space.
Many medical apps, especially apps related to health and fitness, incorporate social sharing of personal fitness information. Apps that do this well include Fooducate app, which allows users to upload healthy recipe ideas and generates a news feed of user-sourced menu options, and the Fitbit app, which encourages users to post their fitness progress to a social feed and, in return, be motivated by the progress of their friends.
Data protection/ cybersecurity
Data protection is a huge concern in medical apps, since many health apps process confidential patient health information. Furthermore, given their public nature, the cloud systems used by so many mobile apps are particularly vulnerable to cyberattack. Data breaches in health apps could have serious consequences, ranging from malicious alteration of medical diagnoses to theft of personal health information for malicious purposes, loss of reputation of the healthcare provider, and more.
Medical apps are often very closely connected with wearable technology, since most wearables operate through or with an associated mobile app. Some notable health apps linked to wearables are DexCom’s mobile app, which carries out continuous glucose monitoring in diabetic patients through a wearable monitor, and Qardio’s mobile app, which records electrocardiogram (ECG) readings through a wearable heart sensor.
Wearable devices might be a potential game changer in the healthcare industry. Several studies indicated that wearable devices' ability to monitor, measure and collect data of vital signs could be used to predict the onset of the virus.
Now, machines can learn algorithms to help doctors make clinical decisions faster and more accurately than ever before, or replace the need for them altogether. Artificial Intelligence has been on the rise long before the start of the pandemic. Covid-19 has boosted AI development even further. In the past medical health applications powered by Artificial Intelligence were being rapidly incorporated into prediction, screening and fast diagnostic tools of Covid-19.
Canadian corporation DIAGNOS has implemented AI tools into its existing CARA (Computer Assisted Retinal Analysis) Application in order to be able to monitor long and short-term effects of Covid-19 by analyzing retina of the patients. As we can see that AI has proved its necessary to medical apps development, and this technology would go farther in the future.