Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets are transforming healthcare by making it easier for physicians and patients to manage and coordinate care.
With the Asia-Pacific region boasting some of the highest smartphone penetration rates, the potential for mobile apps to support and improve medical practice and patient care is promising. In the first quarter of 2014, China and Japan placed only after the U.S. in the top 3 countries for app downloads on the iOS App Store, while South Korea and India ranked in the top 5 countries for app downloads on Google Play.1
Medical apps are helping physicians stay current with latest medical research, and access drug information, treatment guidelines and other tools to support medical practice and improve patient outcomes.
Designing an app for everyday physician use
Wiley Interface has helped the Japan Society of Hepatology (JSH) launch a guideline app for physicians featuring clinical practice guidelines for the management of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections.
In Japan, HBV infects about 1% of the population and there are between 1.5 – 2 million people infected with HCV, or over 1% of the population. Disease management poses a significant burden on the health care system.
Staying current with new evidence and recommendations on the diagnosis and management of HBV and HCV is a challenge for physicians. The new guidelines from JSH are available online in JSH’s Hepatology Research journal. The concurrent development of an app to support their publication, allows updates to be readily and immediately communicated; the content is easily navigated and referenced on the go; while the addition of a dosage calculator increases the utility of the guidelines.
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