It is clear that in 2021, it is no longer just a matter of running healthcare services through mobile applications, but also of designing new software and improving existing ones according to the needs of healthcare professionals and users. This flow of needs is facilitated by the ease of use of smartphone applications themselves, which encourage feedback or record, with consent, the user’s habits, symptoms and health.
In addition to large amounts of aggregated data, healthcare professionals and researchers have start-ups and other companies at their disposal to provide customised solutions for different hospitals and research.
While most m-health projects have an e-health backbone, the use of m-health for medical research has become more and more important due to the ability to collect data that then expand the compendium of e-health information.
Thus, on the one hand, mobile health brings medicine closer to the patient who seeks advice, learns about health habits and receives a prescription on a single device. On the other hand, it brings the patient’s data closer to the doctor, who can then have all the data he or she needs at their fingertips to, for example, create targeted treatment paths and make decisions based on local or global statistics. And all this can happen regardless of whether the doctor and patient are in the same place.
M-health aims at the horizontalization of healthcare, encouraging the globalisation of best practices, the dissemination of innovative therapies and the timely response to emergencies.
At the same time, WHO emphasises that mobile health should not become a substitute for general healthcare: in several developing countries, for example, it is easier to get a mobile phone than clean water.
The idea of mobile health that can reach patients and support health workers at any time and place is at the heart of m-health. The rapidity of solutions that can arise from the instant sharing of technologies and resources represents a further step forward: the blurring of boundaries between research, treatment and prevention.
Each of these three components, in traditional medicine, represents a vast complex of well-defined practices and knowledge. M-health facilitates the blending of the three.
To date, according to European Commission figures, there are more than 100,000 m-health apps on the market.
From this basis, the potential for starting a virtuous circle for improving the quality and efficiency of public health is clear, and IPPOCRATE AS, the software house specialising in digital transformation for healthcare with long experience in the acquisition of funds for medical research, both Italian and European
, has been working on this vision for years. Click here if you want to ask IPPOCRATE AS for more information on the development of m-health applications.