Covid-19 pandemic challenged the whole world to embrace modern technology as a measure of prevent the spread of the virus. Mhealth is also an afterbirth of the new normal in the health sector. Mhealth in full mobile health is a term used for technology in medical care where health organizations pass on important information about their patient’s health.
Mhealth gives one access to their health records
As Covid-19 took a blow on the world, health organizations pointed out that people with underlaying conditions were more prone to the virus. Through mHealth solutions patients are able to tell the condition of their health. Patients are able to get information about their health by accessing laboratory information through mhealth. Doctors can be alerted to lab results and work with patients to handle a positive or negative results. One is be able to access their Covid-19 results and share them with concerned parties such as their employer. Mhealth allows patients to log information about their health, such as heart rate, insulin levels, and other vital factors that people with underlying health issues monitor regularly.
Mhealth enables patients and their doctors to communicate
Mhealth app ensures that the patients’ information remains confidential between the health practitioner and the patient. Healthcare authorities have suggested that patients who are experiencing symptoms, first contact a healthcare professional remotely and try as much as possible physical contact with a doctor as a Covid-19 measure. It is much easier for a healthcare professional to be accessible to patients on mhealth it also improves patient outcomes. Direct messaging allows patients to gain information as first hand from a reliable source.
Mhealth has been used to convey information on when one is to get their vaccination for Covid-19. People in marginalized areas are able to speak to medical practitioners during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) ensures that Covid-19 patients are not stigmatized against by keeping information about their status private.
The World Health Organization (WHO) advises people to stay informed and follow the advice by the health authorities. Patient-Provider messaging helps people stay informed on the new happenings about Covid-19.
Mhealth educates people more about Covid-19
Patient education within these apps can be used to cover the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for Covid-19, including:
- The origin of Covid-19
- Variants and vaccines of Covid-19
- Signs and symptoms of Covid-19
- Measures used against Covid-19
- Myths and misconceptions about Covid-19
Mhealth can provide detailed information, such as links to external resources (e.g., CDC and WHO), symptom information, visit/scheduling protocol, and other information regarding Covid-19. By educating people Mhealth gives people a better chance to take care and monitor their health. Mhealth offers general tips and resources for users around the world to reduce the spread of rumors and connect with accurate health information about Covid-19.
“Getting up to date information about Covid-19 to local communities around the world is a critical piece of the international community’s efforts to stem the spread of the virus,” said Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).WHO suggests that maintaining one’s mental health by gathering information from the WHO website and local health authority platforms to help you distinguish facts from rumors. Mhealth apps contain a link to the most recent Covid-19 updates from WHO. By educating patients mhealth can also be used to update patients on new measures within healthcare organizations created in order to fight against the Covid-19 virus.