Healthcare research firms have recently found that choosing a mobile platform, like Android OS that today powers world’s half of the smartphones, to provide healthcare services have great potential to redefine the medical industry and traditional bonds between doctors and patients. Now both healthcare service providers and consumers are discovering the benefits of Android based healthcare applications to acquire best medical information, support and care.
Android has given new dimension to the global smartphone market. Android is a free OS and anybody can use it on an Android-compatible device. This encourages developers to build high performance smartphone apps at lowest possible prices. It further increases the market of smartphones and allows none-smartphone users to have smartphone in budget. The practice of using smartphones for health related services and information is known as mHealth. mHelath is made of two words: Mobile and Health. In this way, mHealth apps let you manage and improve health. You allow these apps to collect your information and then to process the information to get results respectively. Android in this context has thousands of free and paid applications that are serving to a variety of healthcare issues. You just think about a healthcare issue and find a suitable free or paid app on Google Play’s Android apps store.
Not only consumers are taking advantages of Android healthcare apps but healthcare professionals such as doctors, clinicians, and nurses are using these mHealth apps to trace patients’ histories, appointment schedules, drug prescription details, billing data, and other practice related information. Medscape, for example, is a popular healthcare Android development and it is mostly used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information.
Epocrates is another great outcome of Android development providing reliable drug, disease, and diagnostic information at the point of care. This Android app is the number one mobile drug reference among U. S. physicians. Using this app, physicians can access to thousands of drug monographs, drug-drug interaction checker, pill identifier, and health plan formularies.
Medical companies are now recognizing the potentials of Android mobile applications and are hiring Android development companies to get their apps developed. They are allocating budgets and investing in development of medical applications for smartphone devices and tablets PCs. When exploring Google Play’s Android app segment, you can find hundreds of thousands of healthcare and medical apps. And each app serves to a specific purpose and solves a problem related to health or medical.
Mobile can provide real time access to medical records of patients. It can also track their physical state and medical history and provide them instructions about diet and nutrition related aspects. Android has largest share in the market thus an Android based healthcare app is going to benefit a largest group of people.