The Provision Of Health Care Services To Rural Communities With Mobile Application Management Is More Effective Than Telemedicine Services
For patients seeking healthcare in rural communities, telemedicine may soon become a thing of the past with the onset of mobile health apps. More health apps are being developed and used by both urban and rural populations due to the increased popularity and availability of mobile application management.
It has never been easier for healthcare officials to develop and deploy mobile apps to communities and provide faster response times to patients seeking medical services.
The Union Health Ministry in India is a prime example of the widespread use of mobile application management for healthcare. The ministry is now launching health care mobile applications for rural communities since these apps have proven to be effective in urban centres.
These mobile apps provide patients with information on awareness, prevention, and management of common health issues and diseases such as diabetes, dengue, hypertension, obesity, prenatal care, and stress management.
Unlike telemedicine, which can take days to schedule a call with a healthcare professional, these healthcare apps can be accessed at any time, providing shorter response times for common health issues.
One of the Union Health Ministry’s apps connects patients with a health worker, who can then record patient data in the app and send it to other health professionals—similar to a triage nurse at a hospital. This saves both patients and healthcare workers time by providing accurate, prompt, and up-to-date data.
Another app provides prompt information to healthcare workers about nearby blood banks and the availability of blood types.
In emergency cases, this information can save lives by reducing the time it takes for patients to receive blood. The quicker response times with mobile health apps has made them a more reliable and useful method of healthcare for rural populations, especially when compared to telemedicine.
The introduction of mobile health apps is improving health care for people regardless of location. Whether the apps provide simple reminders to users to take their medication and supplements, make healthy choices, or use meditation techniques to reduce stress, these apps are making a difference. For more serious health issues, the quick response time can save lives.