5 Apps Healthcare Administrators Should Know About

Smartphone apps are fun to use, but they are often also packed full of helpful tools and information. In fact, apps can be an important piece of healthcare administration procedures and recommendations.

Why are healthcare apps so potentially helpful? Some of the most important goals of a hospital administrator are to keep the operating costs of his or her institution within budget and to insure overall health improvement. Many apps help patients and healthcare providers manage health issues more efficiently, and the end result can be lower usage of costly hospital and clinic resources.

man-person-hands-appleHere are some healthcare apps that are worth looking into as a managed care professional:

Doctor On Demand: We live in a world now where your doctor might not even be a car ride away — how about accessing them with your smartphone or tablet? With this app you can chat virtually with physicians, psychologists, and even lactation consultants for an affordable fee. This service can help patients get care for minor issues that they may not need to come to a care facility for. Better yet, think of how your health institution could create a similar app to streamline the care experience for your own patients.

PillPack: Many patients, especially elderly people or other individuals with complicated medication requirements, may have a challenging time remembering what prescription pills and vitamins to take and when to take them. PillPack organizes pills and labels them with the information for administering them. This kind of service could be a vital tool for helping insure that patients take the correct medicines at the right dosage, and in reducing the costs of inconsistent and incorrect adherence to medication.

MapMyFitness: Health extends far beyond the realm of a healthcare administrator’s hospital or institution. What about the work that your institution’s patients can do at home by themselves to stay healthy and prevent chronic illnesses? Apps like MapMyFitness encourage people to workout, eat healthy, and keep moving throughout the day, all of which can keep patients from needing costly care.

ResearchKit: This one isn’t an app itself, but rather a software framework that allows health researchers to develop apps that gather data from iPhone users. ResearchKit apps include EpiWatch, which uses heart rate and activity data from the Apple Watch to try and predict seizures, and Autism & Beyond, which uses video technology to try and identify autism characteristics in children. Healthcare administrators and researchers looking to better understand their patient population’s needs may well benefit from partnering with the makers of these apps.

Duke CPR: The Duke CPR app is another great resource for patients wherever they are. The app gives step-by-step instructions for the compression-only CPR technique. The app provides instructional videos as well as a crisis-mode option, in which verbal directions are given, along with a direct link to call 911. Apps like Duke CPR are critically important to help improve population health even outside of your institution, and provide a much-needed resource for people responding to emergency situations.

You can see that smartphone apps for healthcare span all kinds of uses, from improving access to care to preventing illness and building on our current research knowledge. As a healthcare administrator you’ll want to be aware of the latest app technology that can help streamline your care and improve your area’s population health.