Approximately 90% of mobile use involves an application. On average, we have 60 to 90 apps on our smartphones at any given time. More and more often, we encounter situations when there is an app for that. Healthcare is no exception.

Healthcare is a complicated process. Thankfully, mobile apps address everything from preventative care to claim solutions. Learn what apps can do–and learn the ways apps are revolutionizing the healthcare industry.

Health And Fitness Apps Encourage Preventative Healthcare

For too long, American medicine has prioritized managing the symptoms of a particular illness or condition. Once a patient is diagnosed, he or she will be prescribed medications to mitigate their pain and other unpleasant side effects. In many cases, we manage symptoms instead of treating the underlying problem. In coming years, that is going to change–and mobile health apps are helping us get there!

Mobile apps are helping Americans keep tabs on their health. Thanks to apps, now it is possible for Americans to more accurately determine their heart rate, average resting heart rate, cardiovascular health, and sleeping patterns.

Users can log onto apps to search databases and make healthier food choices, track calories, or to track exercise, stress levels, and browse free or low-cost guided meditations.

For users with a particular, existing condition, there is an app for that, too. For example, diabetes patients need to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels. There are apps that allow people with diabetes to do just that–and to assess glucose levels in various foods, create a medical profile, and communicate this information directly to their doctor or healthcare provider if they choose to do so. Actively seizing control of their health through these apps helps these patients keep existing conditions in check–and prevent unnecessary flareups or medical emergencies from occurring in the first place.

Transparency

Mobile apps are facilitating every aspect of healthcare–from preventative measures to treatment and the claims process.

Insurance software–and in particular mobile apps–are helping to vastly improve pricing transparency. Right now, the costs of a particular claim can be difficult to determine. Employee paperwork does not always clearly lay out what services are covered and which ones are not. In some cases, that leaves employees with the sole option to call insurance providers and ask–a process that can be tedious and time-consuming.

Thankfully, new mobile apps are prioritizing pricing transparency and claim solutions. These apps make it simple for employees, employers, and insurance companies to work together. For example, employees can browse apps for dental network providers and the costs of in-network services. Employees and employers alike can use mobile apps to monitor healthcare benefit changes or follow the progress of a worker’s compensation claim. All of this helps cut back on administrative costs–and that’s a pretty big deal. To put that into perspective, if these apps and other related measures help reduce administrative costs by 50% that would cut healthcare costs by $175 billion.

Apps can do it all. New mobile apps are helping Americans maintain healthier habits. That improves health overall–dramatically reducing conditions caused by poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress. Similarly, Americans who need treatment–and their employers–can easily navigate available healthcare services, providers, and claim solutions using mobile applications.

…and that is just the beginning! Apps are revolutionizing every aspect of healthcare. Using apps, Americans can prevent disease, seek healthcare, and even use apps to get the best care. For example, it is becoming more and more popular to have medications automatically refilled and often shipped directly to your door. Hospitals are using apps to help curb wait times in emergency rooms. The possibilities are endless.

Browse your app store or talk to your doctor about apps that can improve your health today.