Why I like medical mobile apps

I’ve been around the internet for a very long time.  I sent my first email in 1986 and was among the first to embrace online banking as a user with all the speed that a 300 baud manual modem can provide.  Wherever there was useful innovation, it seems that I have managed to be on the cutting edge for the three decades since.

Therefore, a couple of years ago when my healthcare provider instituted a “Patient Portal,” I jumped in to see what was behind all the hype.  What I found was a useful tool that makes my life easier and interaction with my doctors more productive.

New medical apps hit stores every day. According to the latest data, there are over 165,000 mobile health apps available for regular customers.

The idea behind all mHealth apps is to focus on either the patient’s general wellness (nutrition, lifestyle, fitness) or disease and treatment management (reminders, doctor’s appointments, notifications)

A good, user friendly medical app allows me as a patient to book an appointment with my doctor online. It saves me the time and effort of making a call and waiting to be helped.

If you dig a bit deeper, you can search for a care professional by speciality and by location. This is really important for patients like me who are in a rural setting where practitioners and hospitals can be located an hour or more away.  Without that ability to find by location, it isn’t unusual to book an appointment with a practitioner and then find out there was one much closer and just as qualified.

There are also apps that even allow me to search for a specialist based on the requirements of my insurance plan.  Just recently, I looked for a dermatologist in the vicinity, and a whole list of specialists displayed on my Smartphone, along with their rating and location, accompanied with appointment options.

A comprehensive app keeping personal medical record is a perfect option to unreliable and bulky paper records preserved elsewhere. If you are visiting a physician for the first time, those records are at your fingertips for reference — both for you and for the doctor.  Personally I like to have it all under control.  

Those records can also remind of you when to schedule procedures that you or your family regularly use on a periodic basis, such as mammograms and blood work, or even give you reminders through the day of medication that you should take.  For older patients who live alone and might forget appointments or daily medications, just knowing that this vital information is at the touch of a button takes away the worry from the patient as well as their family members.

One medical app that I use often provides me access to discussions with other patients who have the same health issues, experiences and news from the clinic. There is also a feature called “Ask the doctor.”  It allows me to get professional answers/opinions to specific health-related questions quickly and easily.

Just recently a friend of mine discovered an interesting application which monitors research progress and patient studies. This is a worthwhile option which aims at helping patients stay informed about treatment advancements. The more you pursue what’s going on with your condition, the safer and more reassured you feel.

With so many highly specialized mobile apps for specific health conditions, from diabetes and cardiac cases and to mental health issues, patients have a wealth of health information to reference and consult. Even so, there is no substitute for advice, counseling and the considered opinion of a healthcare professional who is familiar with you and your health needs.

Using productivity tools that include mHealth solutions at many levels increases patient care coordination, as well as physician’s and patient’s satisfaction. Mobile health has developed into an effective tool for ordinary people like me who simply want to be more proactive in our healthcare.

Elizabeth Forrest
Business Process Analyst, CoreValue

June Strategy Session

In June, CoreValue held a Strategy Session to help our Company adapt its strategy to evolving market requirements.

Yuriy Adamchuk, our Chief Financial Officer & Deputy CEO, said of the event, “We aimed at specifying the strategy approach and to align it with the Board’s expectations. It was crucial for us to hear out the opinion of the people experienced in working closely with teams. Understanding what it takes to make CoreValue succeed is one of the greatest assets we can bring to the table. We took this opportunity to focus on ways to move forward and to define our goals for the next 2 years.“

“During that session we had a productive discussion on current challenges that both the Company and employees face, and shared ideas how to capitalize on the company strengths to move ahead “

What’s next?
The session’s findings will be shortly presented to the Board for final approval and to the audience afterwards. These unified ideas formed into a strategic vision will help us drive development and build a great company together.

Why Mobile Content Delivery is Essential for Your business

The benefits of content delivery systems have been long recognized by professionals from varied lines of business, but can they extend their features to the mobile platform to drive measurable results?
Let’s take a closer look at some of their key features.

Targeted delivery
Mobile content delivery solutions aim to deliver relevant information to a designated audience. Business rules help configure and integrate content delivery within assigned targeted groups or recipients. Here are the examples of targeted delivery benefits:
– Meaningful content is delivered directly to sales reps’ mobile devices during industry specific meetings.
– Targeted content is delivered at a precise time during a marketing conference or presentation to bring value-added services for the potential customers and end-users.
Another benefit of content delivery systems is the optimization of e-learning processes. Mobile users have an opportunity to study with the help of the video content, supporting materials, and interactive content whenever comfortable and convenient. Students can also stay connected to teachers through comments and chats, as well as take assessments and receive feedback online. Likewise, instructors can monitor their students’ progress and track results.

Adapted Content delivery
Efficient content delivery systems should be optimized for multiple handheld devices. A well-tailored mobile content delivery system can provide presentations with audio, images, and videos adapted to screen size and device content format.
Suitable content can also be delivered based on language preferences, thus making it more efficient in B2C, B2B and B2E (business-to employee) situations, and enhancing benefit to the client.

Content security
In a hyperconnected world, secure distribution of regulated content is crucial. Skillfully applied content delivery solutions enable secure content delivery to all mobile devices and protect enterprise content from leakage.
To function in a bring-your-own-device environment, protected content access and other security configurations, e.g., password/IP/device authentication control, etc., authorization and access to content must be successfully applied. The device with an installed mobile app is integrated with an enterprise MDM System, and content is securely distributed to authorized devices. While the MDM system controls presence and access to the app itself, content delivery system and mobile app prevent unauthorized content access, as well as intervention into the app work and uncontrolled content sharing. 

Content usage tracking
For the content efficiency measurement, it is important to understand how and when the content is used. Mobile content delivery system gives content producer a chance to analyze when the content is used by tracking content access time; its efficacy by tracking content access length; and whether the targeted audience is reached by tracking content access geolocation and getting direct feedback from content consumers.

Relevant data flow experience is the name of the game today. Mobile content delivery can drive streamlined processes and competitive efficiency for any enterprise.

CoreValue’s flagship product, CoreContent, bridges content management systems to mobile devices, and enables timely and targeted content delivery to user/user groups. With a paramount focus on usability and security compliance, our mobile content delivery system facilitates strong communication control and enables instant updates of business-related information.

Denis Mazourick
Practice Director, CoreValue