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How Mobile Apps Continue to Impact the Healthcare Industry

Complex payment structure. Shopping around for medical prices is essentially nonexistent, and because most payments are made through insurers, there’s very little transparency regarding costs. 

The mobile technology sector aims to address each of these concerns. For example, ZocDoc provides extensive reviews of medical professionals and makes it easy for users to choose a doctor they believe is best for them. This could help alleviate some of the inherent distrust that patients have towards assigned doctors.  

Blockchain technology (the same technology used to facilitate cryptocurrency on the market) also has the power to have a major impact on the healthcare industry. An award-winning Deloitte whitepaper stated that blockchain has the potential to connect fragmented systems in healthcare, improve efficiency, and provide better support for patients. It would allow for a patient-centered model where individuals have greater access to their personal health data at better costs.  

Mobile apps are also addressing a segment of the healthcare industry that sat on the backburner for decades: mental health. A research study conducted by Milliman found that the physical and behavioral conditions comprised a vast majority of healthcare costs but that many institutions were failing to acknowledge how mental health and brain chemistry lead to, exacerbated, or compounded those conditions.  

Because of this, there are many individuals who get tested for symptoms like chronic heartburn and still see normal results when tested. Even with negative reports and a seemingly clean bill of health, those individuals still feel symptoms. In many cases, this is because there is an underlying mental disorder, like depression, negatively impacting the body.  

For instance, let’s say an individual gets in a car accident. The first course of action is to address any acute pain. Unfortunately, there are many cases where chronic or mental pain isn’t properly addressed post-care. According to the De La Garza Law Group, a personal injury lawyer in Houston, Texas, many car accident victims suffer from mental and emotional disorders after they leave the hospital.  

If those patients were treated appropriately, beginning with the brain and mental health, healthcare costs would severely diminish and the patience would experience better results quicker. Mental health disorders like depression and PTSD, when experienced over a long period of time, can have harmful effects on cortisol levels, heart rate, and blood pressure.  

But with the proliferation of mental health apps, more people are getting educated on the importance of mental health. TalkSpace, MoodMission, and Sanvello are all apps dedicated to bringing awareness to mental health and helping individuals alleviate their symptoms from the core; the mind. Moreover, these apps provide more personalized care and are less likely to apply a “band aid” that only temporarily relieves patients.