“It used to be that a patient visiting the doctor’s office might come away with a drug prescription, care instructions for how and when to take their meds, and a paper handout explaining their condition or disease. Today, however, due to the growing presence of smartphones, tablets and other portable devices, patients are just as likely to walk out of their doctor’s office with instructions to download a medical mobile application to their phone.
The mobile health (mHealth) industry is responsible for this shift, and it is contributing to a new delivery model focused on care that is patient-centered and value-based. When a patient downloads a medical application, for example, and uses that app to better manage a disease, it can lead to better health. This means fewer office visits, reduced care costs and a lower burden on the healthcare system.”
Amanda Guerrero, MedCity News, 26 April 2013