Technology has changed the way we operate. Smartphones have become an integral part of life and the time is here when we start using it for purposes beyond communication. In the field of healthcare, mobile apps are changing patient care beyond monitoring.
CureApp, a Tokyo-based company, has pioneered digital therapeutics to re-evolve the future of “therapeutics” with software via clinical app research and development. Recently they were awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum.
The app encourages patients to improve their lifestyle by raising their awareness and changing their behavior ultimately leads to the improvement of their disease conditions. “There are a number of diseases that cannot be effectively treated with existing pharmaceutical and medical equipment treatment approaches. But with the evolution of technology, it is becoming clear that lifestyle interventions with mobile apps produce remarkable therapeutic effects for various disease groups that were difficult to approach with traditional interventions. We strive to progress forward to provide effective therapeutics for such conditions. We aim for a world where personalized digital therapeutics is widely adopted and prescribed by physicians, and our mobile applications become a natural choice in evidence-based medical practice,” says CureApp’s founder Kohta Satake.
Using mobile phone and apps, in theory, sounds like an ultimate solution, but is equally challenging. The biggest one being, developing the acceptance among people. In healthcare, monitoring and keeping healthy can prove to be really useful for baby boomers. But this is the generation that finds the most difficult to login. While the passwordless technology is already here, but the understanding of it is quite less.
According to a study by HYPR, that had participants between the ages of 60–90, 54% majority said they would prefer to use passwordless access for their accounts via a mobile device. But many are still new to the technology. Participants who preferred to continue using passwords expressed their desire stemmed from a lack of understanding of Passwordless Authentication technologies. For example, some participants misunderstood that a “passwordless” experience simply meant removing the login requirement entirely. Most subjects expressed a desire for more publicly available knowledge for this specific age group on the subject of new authentication methods.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many use mobile phone apps more often. Governments have also invested and promoted contact tracing apps, which increased the usage. According to another survey by Metova, of over 2000 people in the United States on contact tracing and exposure notification apps use in the fight against COVID-19, 77% of people would want to be notified via their mobile phone if someone they recently came in contact with tested positive for COVID-19, and 85% would be willing to anonymously share a positive COVID-19 status for the greater good.
The pandemic has surely helped in people trusting and using apps for health reasons. The acceptance has been observed more than expected and can change the whole way people look at smartphones and apps for healthcare.