To improve care experiences and cure weak patient engagement, providers are deploying mobile health (mHealth) apps to tablets for patient engagement and education. But how can healthcare IT diagnose with certainty which mHealth apps among thousands are compliant, secure and user-friendly?
Explore our new infographic to learn about mobile app trends in healthcare.
mHealth Apps Gain Popularity
With demands rising, mHealth app downloads have increased significantly throughout the years:
- From 1.7 billion in 2013,
- To 2.3 billion in 2014,
- To 3 billion in 2015.
Hundreds of thousands of users download top mHealth apps, like:
- Calorie Counter (4.6 rating, 1 million downloads)
- GoodRX (4.6 rating, 750,000 downloads)
- iTriage (4.5 rating, 1 million downloads)
- ZocDoc (4.5 rating, 300,000 downloads)
- Dosecast (4.5 rating, 300,000 downloads)
- WebMD (4.1 rating, 1 million downloads)
- Healow (3.8 rating, 300,000 downloads)
In contrast, mobile apps developed by top healthcare providers are only downloaded 7,000 times, on average, and only reach 2 percent of patients, according to Accenture. Hospitals save money and see better usage with third-party apps like these from popular app stores.
Transforming Patient Engagement
IT can transform patient engagement and outcomes just by deploying mHealth apps to tablets for inpatient engagement and education. In five years, healthcare execs believe mHealth technology, like iPads and mobile apps, will:
- Enable proactive patient care participation (50 percent);
- Reduce the cost of healthcare delivery (50 percent);
- Improve personal awareness through self-monitoring (29 percent);
- Improve communication between patients and providers (27 percent);
- Allow peer-to-peer knowledge sharing (14 percent);
- Enable patient social support (13 percent); and
- Educate and better inform patients (11 percent).
U.S. healthcare organizations are already increasingly offering patient portals through mobile apps, from 47 percent in 2014 to 79 percent in 2015, according to Healthcare’s Most Wired Survey.
Shortcuts to Adopting mHealth Apps
But there are an overwhelming number of mobile health apps for IT to navigate. More than 165,000 mobile health apps are available, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Plus, hospitals must be weary of security vulnerabilities and privacy concerns, as well as app data accuracy for optimal patient outcomes.
Wizard-like, data-driven, intelligent industry templates for healthcare help IT take the guess work out of configuring mobile devices and selecting the best apps for patient engagement. Hospitals can now deploy secure iPads and interactive apps to improve patient communication and satisfaction in one click.
Research 2 Guidance, Accenture, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Hospitals & Health Networks, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics