Due in large part to the Affordable Care Act, the shift away from fee-for-service and toward fee-for-value is well underway in the U.S. healthcare industry. With the bipartisan passing of MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) in 2015 and private insurers, like Aetna, publicizing their decision to switch over, value based healthcare appears to be here to stay, regardless of the tumultuous political landscape. While the new framework is projected to be a good thing for all parties involved in the long run, the short(ish) term pain of switching over to an entirely new way of doing business can be, and has been, extremely difficult for clinics, hospitals, and doctors. With so many healthcare providers scrambling to meet value based care requirements, the need for improved efficiency throughout the healthcare process is massive. According to Pew Research Center, 77% of Americans own a smartphone as of 2017. This has spurred unprecedented growth in the mobile application development market in recent years. Healthcare, just like every other industry, is rife with opportunity to solicit technology to become more efficient and effective. So, we have compiled a list of the most common business and technical trends in the healthcare technology market that we have experienced while working with our clients.
When it comes to improving efficiency in healthcare, here are the most common areas providers are leveraging technology with healthcare mobile apps: