MyMedicNow launches mobile healthcare app to bridge gap between patients and doctors
UAE firm MyMedicNow has launched a new app that it says connects patients with the right doctors by allowing patients to search by symptoms or medical conditions.
The NEW app aims to help patients search for medical conditions and find related local healthcare providers quickly and efficiently, and is available on iOS, Android and via a web portal.
“From life-saving medications to cutting-edge treatments, the healthcare industry thrives on constant innovation,” said Dhaval Desai, CEO of MyMedicNow.
“However, the biggest recent breakthrough in healthcare is the smart phone and its apps. They say there's an app for everything, but the best ones are the apps that'll get you out of a bind when emergency strikes.
“MyMedicNow is abound with convenient solutions that not only help improve people’s lives, but also helps make informed choices easier and faster while ensuring doctors and hospitals are better connected to patients.”
The Global Mobile Health (mHealth) Market is poised to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 33.8% over the next ten years to reach approximately $181.52bn by 2025 according to a report by Research2Guidance Annual mHealth – 2016.
Two-thirds of the world’s population has a mobile connection, and thanks to the growing mobile health industry — a blanket term for the apps, services and devices found at the intersection of medicine and mobile technology —people are using their phones to manage their health in ever more innovative ways.
The same report by Research2Guidance Annual mHealth - 2016 stated that almost 100,000 health-related apps have been added by 13,000 new publishers to the market since 2015. At that moment, there had already been 259,000 medical apps in major app stores.
“Smartphones are easily accessible, and this has transformed not just the mobile industry, but also the healthcare sector,” added Desai.
“However, when people hear about health apps, the general assumption is fitness tracker. In reality, there are more healthcare consulting apps to help patients and users with easy information.”
The app has seen a steady growth with over 6000 doctors listed before its official launch. Patients can book an appointment and get real-time confirmations for their appointments. The app also allows patients to rate doctors and hospitals.
NHS care homes are better than private, report finds
A new survey has found that 60% of people with parents in NHS care homes believe the quality of care has improved, compared to just 49% of respondents with parents in private care facilities.
The survey was conducted by Kepler Vision Technologies, an AI-driven company formed at the University of Amsterdam. It was carried out among UK adults with parents over the age of 75.
Respondents cited more capable care staff and better monitoring systems as being the main reasons for improvement.
However those who do not have parents in assisted living facilities had a different viewpoint - in this case only 35% of respondents believe that NHS facilities are improving, compared to 32% who believe it is only improving in the private sector.
Only 18% of people whose parents live with them or independently believe care home staff are able to look after residents to a good standard.
Kepler Vision say this difference in opinion is due to perceived budget cuts and financial pressures, with 67% of people commenting that a lack of funding has had a negative effect on care in both NHS and private care facilities.
Other key findings of the survey include:
* Out of those who say quality has declined in care homes, 69% say the NHS is dealing with budget cuts and increased financial pressure, while 65% also said that the private system is dealing with these pressures too
* 55% said that they or their parent have money saved specifically to pay for their future care
* 35% said the idea of their parent in a care home makes them feel frightened, although 32% say it makes them feel secure
* 52% are worried about their parent catching COVID
* 47% are worried about their parent being lonely
* 46% are concerned they could fall over alone
The announcement of this research follows the UK government's decision to delay presenting its social care budget till the autumn.
Commenting on the research, Dr Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “While it is good to see that people recognise the importance of staff and face-to-face interaction in elderly care, the huge gap in opinion between those with parents in care and those without shows that there are unfair negative perceptions around the residential care space.
"More can and should be done by care homes to give people the confidence that their relatives will receive the very best care - by highlighting the excellent work of staff and how well they are able to monitor resident’s needs with easy-to-use technology.”