One of the reasons that have catapulted the spread of mhealth services is that it equalizes health across all social statuses. People who are well off economically as well as those who do not get to enjoy this revolutionary service. Some regions are cut off from accessing medical care. The people in such regions live so far away from accessing a physical doctor. This means that with mhealth, they can access a medical expert through a smartphone device. The doctors and patients in the far-off place provide information and the medical experts can recommend treatment to the patients. The growth in digital connectivity is hoped will help overcome infrastructural barriers to the development of the healthcare sector.
The popularity of mhealth is that it provides instantaneous access and direct information to the users. There is almost zero need for a third party in this type of interaction. Information transfer is very fast which is very beneficial since they support faster access to medical care services. Another benefit is that this model of care can be easily adapted on a large scale and at a very reasonable fee, this, in turn, improves the quality of healthcare available to the patients.
Facilitating workloads and logistics
It was reported that through the medium provide by mhealth a lot of health practitioners both fully certified and those working voluntarily after going through basic training found that their workloads had become more manageable, more enjoyable, and less stressful. They noted that less time was wasted on the back and forth journeys to far-off healthcare centers since communication could be done on the apps in real-time. Information could also be shared if one sought assistance from their peers.
Mhealth apps also provide a platform where training and education of relatively new health issues and conditions can take place. An example is training on new technologies and medications available when it comes to the fight against Covid -19. Companies such as DOCSUN have come up with an app that monitors one’s vitals to scan for the vital signs of the user. The app is called the DOCSUN Mobile App. It is easily accessible to anyone with a smartphone. Simple apps can be used to disseminate this information while at the same time complex technologies can be used that include voice and text messaging services, multimedia messaging services, and others like Bluetooth technology.
Improves patient safety
Health practitioners have stated that one of their growing concerns has to do with patient safety. This is because due to the nature of the medical language a lot of patients are not able to recall the names of the medications that they take. This was noted to be common in patients who have medical conditions that require they take more than one type of medication or the elderly patients who have a hard time recalling things. This creates a problem since it makes the medical practitioners unsure of what to give. This might be a tricky situation since some medicines don’t interact well with others which may cause the patient to have an adverse reaction which at times may prove fatal. The use of digital health apps has gone ahead to manage this loophole. The digital apps provide a record of the medication that the patient has been previously prescribed, any dosage changes, and previous history on things like any allergic reactions reported. This has gone a long way in making sure that a level of patient safety is guaranteed.