How mobile apps can connect doctors and patients

Before we start, let me tell you about mHealth.

What is mHealth?

At present, there are more than 6 billion mobile subscribers and 76% out of them are located in developed areas. mHealth is a widely used  term as you all know – Mobile Health, since mobile phones  are playing a vital role in health sector.

Several kinds of mHealth apps are available which help people to get their appointments done on the go, in monitoring their daily fitness status, in keeping all the tracks of their visits to doctors and locating the nearest clinics/hospitals etc.


Why to go for mHealth Apps?

It’s difficult for people especially businessmen, working professionals to dedicate some time for going to gym,  periodic health check-ups  or to maintain a regular diet, their health status etc.

Mobile devices are small but powerful and very handy to access; Mobiles can transform from physical to virtual world as they the have power to get all clinical health check-up reports at home. People go to clinics, visit doctors for regular health check-ups. Patients can the get this information through mHealth apps

mHealth apps can build a good rapport between the patient and Doctor. It helps in regular follow up, scheduling an appointment, maintaining records and doctors can understand the disease/problem better by getting a real time data in an attractive style instead of understanding a large sheet of graph or long sheets of their daily health status.

Popular mHealth apps are used for:

  • counting calories
  • gauging nutrition
  • tracking workouts
  • calculating body mass index
  • quit smoking

These worthy efforts pale next to the potential of mHealth to aid in medical research and healthcare.

  1. Health Monitor: An app to monitor Health Parameters like BMI, Heart rate, Blood Pressure etc.
  2. RunKeeper: It uses mobile GPS to track your running & progress statistics, combines with map integration and music management.
  3. SportPal: It measures your distance, speed, calories burned and you can sync your data up-to your web-based profile which can be access anywhere, anytime.
  4. Sugar logs: App to monitor Parameters related to sugar level like Blood Glucose, Insulin.
  5. Lose it! : Name itself explains what type of app it is. Lose it! is streamlined weight loss app  for iPhone/android or on the web. Not only it helps you to track but also provides an easy way to track calorie intake from meals.
  6. Sleep Bug: Have you slept via music? This app produces ambient scene sounds and music to aid in falling asleep sleeping deeply.

Let us know your views via comments below.

  1. Very good point about the potential of mHealth to serve in healthcare. A company called has catalogued the many different categories of healthcare apps, which are over 40,000 now. In addition, some companies like ClickCare and SC Healthcare are enabling clinical collaboration (doctor-to-doctor) via mobile apps. You can check out the interview with Dr. Cheryl Kerr, COO of ClickCare, at http:/ (and search for “ClickCare”)

    Bottom line – the world of mHealth is growing exponentially. There is tremendous opportunity to add value in this space.

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