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The Usefulness of Mobile Medical Apps for Doctors and Patients Alike

There is an abundance of medical apps popping up all over both the App Store and the Android Market. Not only are doctors incorporating them into their daily practices in order to be more effective and efficient, but patients are also using them

Tue Nov 27 2012By Jonathan Payne

There is an abundance of medical apps popping up all over both the App Store and the Android Market.  Not only are doctors incorporating them into their daily practices in order to be more effective and efficient, but patients are also using them keep track and monitor certain aspects of their health.   Both doctors and patients are starting to realize that mobile apps are useful tools for monitoring and recording information but also for exchanging information.

In 2010, the mobile health technology market - devices, applications, and services - was estimated as a 500 million dollar market.  According to research by GlobalData, it is expected to exceed $8 billion by 2018.  The increasing availability of healthcare applications amongst mobile markets is the cause for such rapid growth.

There are now mobile medical apps that allow doctors to use interactive diagrams to illustrate to patients what is happening with their bodies, where in the body certain procedures take place, and exactly what will happen during these procedures.  On the other hand, patients can use these same apps to ask doctors to provide visual answers to their questions. 

Other innovative apps are making it possible for doctors to send links to Web-based, informative material directly to patient’s smartphones.  Remember those white cards that doctors carry around to record diagnoses, billing information, etc.?  Now there is an app that allows doctors to dictate the information into their smartphone and send it directly to a database so that office administrators can access the information. 

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