In the past few years Healthcare Apps have begun to add significant value in the healthcare sector, helping users to manage their medical conditions and hospital visits for example. Patients and doctors can both benefit from this technological revolution through mHealth apps, even if they deal with very sensitive data.

Healthcare solutions are becoming increasingly digital and this makes healthcare app development more important than ever before. The connection between patients and doctors can be made faster and more efficient. Mobile health services allows for improved patient monitoring, data management and it reduces time.

In 2019 users look for great and innovative tools to monitor their physical well-being. So if you would like to stay current in the healthcare market it is important to follow the latest trends and consider offering an up-to-date mobile app to assist with solutions delivery.

Let’s look at what to expect in the near future.

Healthcare App Trends in 2019

#1 Telehealth

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When it comes to mHealth, telehealth is one of the fastest-growing segments  in the industry.

Being proactive with technology in healthcare can change lives. Nowadays, we are so busy with work, family and leisure that personal health management can get deprioritised. Many of us only visit a doctor when things go wrong.

But times are changing. Now our health management can be only a click away from us. With personalized healthcare applications, we can gain a greater understanding of our own health status – right in the comfort of our own homes.

Telehealth encompasses the set of technologies and the personnel that are able to remotely monitor and assist patients and their caregivers. Telehealth apps often facilitate the transfer of particular health data and information to the doctors and the clinical staff who are treating the individual.

In this way we can easily monitor our medical conditions and key indicators and schedule an appointment or virtual call with our physician when actually required.

There are no more excuses to forget about our health!

#2 Internet of Things (IOT) in Healthcare

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IoT has a strong and growing impact on healthcare. Wearable technologies, like fitness bands, have already become a part of everyday life. Ongoing IoT healthcare app development will assist numerous activities like enhanced diagnosis, patient’s vital tracking, treatment and maintenance of health product inventories, among many other things.

Real-time monitoring via connected devices can save lives in an event of a medical emergency like heart failure, diabetic episode, asthma attack, etc. These devices collect data relevant to our medical conditions, like blood pressure, blood sugar level or weight, and stores it in the cloud.

We can set up alerts in case of life-threatening circumstances. Medical IoT devices gather data and transfer it to doctors or monitoring services in real-time. Critical data indicators can be set to trigger an emergency intervention.

#3 Patient-Generated Health Data (PGHD)

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These days we want to know more about or health and better understand our medical data.

PGHD includes all data collected and recorded by the patient or his caregiver. It can include personal health records (PHR), treatment history, symptoms and lifestyle choices. Apps can make the collection, storage, analysis and interpretation of this information much easier that would otherwise be the case

Patient generated data is already playing an important role for doctors in monitoring patients’ conditions, particularly for sufferers of depression, cancer, diabetes, cholesterol etc. Doubtless the role of PGHD will expand as the potential of mobile apps can be further exploited to harness the available intelligence.

#4 Communication

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Another important trend in the healthcare industry is the improvement of communication channels. High user satisfaction can change the game, and  this is true also in the case of medical applications. Offering different ways of communication between doctors and patients can make a big difference. The more effective the communication, the greater the chances of treatment success.

The implementation of the following communication channels are recommended:

  • Traditional mobile chat – it allows the patient to communicate with a particular medical institution to pass information and receive medical advice.
  • Video chat – a modern and improved way of communication. Users would undoubtedly appreciate the personalisation of an almost face to face consultation with their doctors.
  • Chatbot – this solution gives users personalised real-time responses 24/7 or simply when doctors are busy with other patients. These and many other advantages make mobile applications with chatbots one of the main technology trends in the healthcare industry in 2019.
  • Booking system – this option allows users to make an appointment with a doctor online, at any convenient time, without having to call.
  • Emergency alert – this feature is essential for the most critical cases where the patient needs urgent help from a doctor.  With an emergency call button and using a geolocation option, it would be easier for patients summon immediate help.
  • Voice assistant – is another interesting new technology in healthcare in this year. Speech recognition and reproduction technologies are changing the healthcare industry. They can be applied in many areas including elderly care, support for patients with chronic diseases, and so on.

#5 Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming more and more influential in changing peoples’ everyday lives, habits and work. AI and machine learning offer new possibilities to make detailed predictive analysis.

These technologies collect information, and, using specific tools, they look for a logic in the incoming data. In this way they are able to provide personalized alerts, suggestions or solutions to the user.

This year, major hospitals and drug manufacturers are likely to invest in Artificial Intelligence that can revolutionize the sector. According to Forbes, the total investment in AI in healthcare is expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2021.

In the coming years Artificial Intelligence and machine learning will be indispensable in many areas – from instrumental diagnostics to the development of new drugs, as well as an assessment of the risks for patients with various diseases.

#6 Data Protection

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Data Protection is maybe the biggest challenge for healthcare apps because they work with sensitive data. In 2019 special attention is being dedicated to mobile security.

Protecting patients’ data is a priority for every healthcare institution.

During the app development process, it is possible to implement new technologies or tools to ensure the protection and safe storage of data. That’s why Blockchain has also become one of the healthcare trends of this year.

Blockchain allows for digitisation of various processes, using cryptography, creating unified rules for all network participants, and offers other similar innovative solutions that contribute to enhanced data protection.

#7 Geolocation

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Geolocation is already in everyday use in all kinds of technologies. Just think about a GPS application that allows us to find our exact location and tracks us along the best route to our destination.

GPS can save lives. Imagine the scenario of an emergency call in the event of an accident, natural disaster, heart attack etc. Using GPS, the exact location of the user could be detected by the receiver of the call at emergency services. This could trigger the dispatch of ambulances and other appropriate emergency services to the exact location of the incident.

Appify - Your Healthcare App Development Company in the UK and Ireland

Do you need a new healthcare app? Or are you planning to implement the newest trending technologies in your existing application?

In order to have an effective application able to excel in the healthcare market, you need to choose your development partners carefully.

At Appify, we are experts in medical app development.  From Healthcare Authorities to medical professionals to service providers, we’re already active in the sector and we understand well the requirements for a successful healthcare mobile app.

We can help you to create an innovative app to make your services more efficient, optimise user outcomes and to increase client satisfaction and loyalty.

Contact us or call us today at +353 (0)1 482 6996 and talk with our award-winning team about your healthcare app project.