Healthcare is more expensive in 2015 than 2013. Two years ago the United States was spending almost $3 Trillion per year on healthcare and the average insurance premiums approaching $10,000 per year. A study around that time covered in ‘The Journal of the American Medical Association’ found that physicians would often shy away from taking responsibility for this cost. Therefore the burden would fall upon the patient and their insurance.
But for doctors in 2013 a new movement began that motivated some physicians to take costs into consideration when making medical decisions. That movement was centered on smartphone medical apps that you can use today to save money and time when you need that follow-up appointment.
GoodRx – This smartphone app can be used by patients to compare medication prices offered by local pharmacies. They can quickly identify how to save as much as 90% off medications and have access to available coupons. Often patients have trouble affording their medications, particularly when being discharged from the hospital and need to fill a prescription to finish treatment. In these cases, patients that are not able to get this medication may end up re-admitted to the hospital.
ZocDoc – This smartphone app can be used by patients to find same day appointments from doctors that take their insurance. Getting an appointment when you need one can help avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room and prevent additional costs for both the patient and hospital. There are times a patient must wait weeks, even months to see a doctor. This is particularly challenging when a patient has an acute injury or is being discharged and needs a follow-up visit within the next week.
Docphin – This smartphone app can be used by providers to quickly search and access full text journal articles and setup alerts or follow their favorite journals to stay up to date on a new study. Here they can check to make sure a recommendation is backed by evidence when giving a patient advice. This also helps patients avoid spending money on unnecessary tests that might lead to more side effects than they are worth.
Healthcare is usually overwhelming for both patient and provider but technology is helping to make it more affordable and easier to manage with information.
Read Article (Mitesh Patel MD | residencysecrets.com | 09/10/2013)
As healthcare costs continue to climb this information is still valuable. For anyone challenged with a mobile device and downloading apps our goal is to assist in that effort.
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