Healthcare medical apps are driving the uptake of iPads in the NHS with some of the major vendors in the USA opting to write apps exclusively for the device.
Patients’ medical records are now accessible via iPads making it easier and quicker for clinicians to access information at the point-of-care.
DrChrono EHR is an example, currently being used by 70,000 clinicians and four million patients in the USA – I can see this app being used by a large NHS teaching hospital in the future.
Apps that help organise patient care more efficiently, such as electronic document management product Kainos Evolve, are becoming more popular. This is demonstrated by the company winning over 12 large contracts with NHS hospitals last year.
Another piece of mobile software, called VitalPAC is used by 25,000 nurses every month and helps to record patient observations. Results are impressive – it has the ability to reduce morality rates by 15% in some hospitals.
However one of the most astounding apps I have ever seen is called Airstrip One by Airstrip Technologies.
Airstrip One can project a heart Electrocardiogram (ECG) trace from a patient’s bedside to a clinician anywhere in the world. The cardiologist can remotely diagnose a patient if they are having a heart attack.
Here is an observation about apps and young people: I watched a colleague in his mid-fifties slowly tap out a text message with his son becoming exasperated at the time it was taking.
Eventually he took the phone off his dad and said: “Just dictate the message dad I will type it”. Then with blinding speed he tapped out the text message on the iPhone with just two thumbs.
The message was not lost on me – our younger generation will far outstrip the current capability of apps and our medical app designers need to be in the super league to deliver the benefits.