Use of Mobile Applications in Healthcare: A Review
Authors: Tanuja Lohnari1, Suvarna Patil2, Sarika Patil3
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In today’s world smart phones have become ubiquitous. Due to their attributes such as mobility, instant connectivity, convenience, personalization, location awareness, smart phones have gained huge acceptance from all walks of life. Smart phones of this era are equipped with multi-core processors providing massive onboard processing power and are equipped with large storage capacity, and open operating systems. Mobile apps have become so popular because of their simplicity, user friendliness, speed, and portability. They make the required information available at fingertips to the user, wherever and whenever required. Mobile Apps have encompassed many areas including m-commerce, entertainment, advertisement, education, as well as healthcare. The far and wide reach of mobile devices and ease of use of mobile applications has made them a perfect choice for medical professionals. Mobile healthcare apps are increasingly being adapted to mainstream. Most commonly used apps in clinical practice can be listed as drug guides, medical calculators, coding and billing apps, pregnancy wheels, etc. These apps are revolutionizing the delivery of healthcare services across the globe and increasingly proving beneficial for chronic disease management, lifestyle interventions, and behavioral therapy.