How can mobile apps help Canadian hospitals?
Mobile apps can help hospitals in a number of ways.
In the short-term, mobile apps can help deliver healthcare cost savings and ER load reduction by raising awareness of healthcare options and supporting patient selection of most appropriate care options (e.g. other then an ER room visit).
In the medium-term, mobile apps can help reduce costs due to patient re-admission. Mobile apps can provide out-patient focused information related to post-discharge/out-patient treament management/reminders, medication management, symptom journal/log, appointment management, wellness education (class schedules, wellness tips), health alerts, etc. Helping patients more effectively manage their health post-discharge can improve patient health, patient experience – and reduce re-admission rates and associated costs.
In the long-term, mobile apps can improve staff and physician engagement.