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Why Healthcare Professionals are Unhappy With Off-the-Shelf EMR and EHR Software

Electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic health records (EHRs) are at a greater demand than ever, with adoption rates at nearly 90%, according to Health IT Dashboard. With a good number of EMR and EHR software in the market, there is so much to choose from. However, these software have not met all the requirements of HCPs. A 2018 Deloitte survey concluded that around 90% of US physicians would like to change at least one aspect of their current EHR software. 

Most Common Issues with Current EMR/EHR Software

  1. Too expensive: Cost remains the biggest barrier to adopting EMR and EHR systems, with many HCPs spending around $15,000-$70,000 for expensive EMR and EHR software that still do not fulfill their needs. This includes set-up, training, and maintenance costs. 
  1. The issue of interoperability: The topic of patient information sharing always makes doctors and clinicians feel uncomfortable, because these records need to be shared across organizations safely. Although there are a number of privacy measures being put in motion, there is still a long journey ahead on the interoperability route.
  1. Trouble navigating through data: The lack of user-friendliness in EMR/EHR software makes searchability a major issue. HCPs have to click numerous times before giving their patient medication. Additionally, hospitals and clinics still have to manually enter data into multiple systems, which takes away valuable time and makes the data more prone to errors. 

Despite Its Flaws, EMR/EHR Software is Here to Stay

That’s right, the number of healthcare organizations using EHR & EMR software is growing every year with a greater demand for digital health and medical records. The global demand for electronic medical record market was valued at about USD 27.1 billion in 2019, and is expected to generate revenue of around USD 40.8 billion by the end of 2026. The use of digital health record software has already become an essential part of many healthcare organizations, and they will only have a greater presence in the health industry in the coming years. Despite the upward trend, the future of such software is extremely foggy as there seems to be barely any plans for improving these software. 

The Workaround: Customized Medical & Health Record Software

With custom EMR/EHR software, you can have the system tailored to your organization’s needs and it does not require soaring costs. You no longer have to pay for expensive software that still makes you feel burned out. 

Let Sunvera consult with your healthcare organization and implement a custom solution that takes care of all your needs while reducing the time you and your employees spend using this software. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

How to Brainstorm the Perfect Mobile App Idea

The competition in the mobile apps market is higher than ever. With a countless number of apps in the app stores, how do you come up with the next million dollar idea? You will find that the few moments of satisfaction when you feel like you have stumbled upon a genius mobile app concept are met with disappointment when you soon discover that the idea has already been put in motion. The reason why you keep hitting this roadblock is because you do not have a set process of evaluating the current market and trends, and we are here to guide you. 

Here are all of the factors to consider when coming up with the perfect mobile app idea, so you can become the next Uber and TikTok, or better yet, surpass them. 

  1. Examine current events and circumstances: When researching current events, you especially want to look for disruptive trends. What are the times calling for? Use COVID-19 as an example, which has stirred a greater need for remote work and changed the way businesses serve their clients in practically every vertical. Healthcare organizations are rapidly adopting telehealth services, more restaurants are teaming up with food delivery services such as Doordash and UberEats etc. With the rapid transformation of businesses due to the pandemic, this can be a great opportunity for you to brainstorm the perfect idea for app development. 

The news is not the only way for you to keep up with the times. Make sure to network with people (webinars and online networking events are perfect for this time) and bring up topics about what people need when talking to family and friends. They may just bring up an issue they experience in their daily lives that nobody thought of solving in the past!

  1. Determine what people will NEED, not WANT: We are not saying that gaming and other entertainment apps will not be successful, because obviously, many of them are. However, it is harder to get people to download these types of apps as they don’t exactly stress urgency. Plus, there are way too many entertainment apps in the market which further reduces the chances of your app taking the spotlight. 

Instead, going along with the first tip, when you find out what people NEED, you can conceptualize a mobile application idea that the majority will be inclined to ignore. Once you figure this out, you are golden. 

  1. Browse the current app market: Another great way to brainstorm mobile app topics is to scan the current apps available in the app stores. The reason why people find success with this method is because they can see if there are ways to improve upon current apps. For example, many social media platforms added Snapchat’s concept of 24-hour ‘stories’ a recollection of photos and videos of a person’s day. Now we have Facebook stories, Instagram stories, and even LinkedIn stories, which just launched recently. However, Instagram has the option of making stories permanent in separate folders. This allows Instagram to have a leg up on Snapchat, and even the other platforms, because now people do not have to download a separate app to record and see stories. They can have it all in one place. Looking at what is already in the market can surely grant you your lightbulb moment. 

  1. Conduct free online surveys: A smart option for people who have a hard time brainstorming, you can let the ideas come to you. Online surveys are incredibly easy to conduct nowadays, with tools such as Google Forms and SurveyMonkey. You can quickly create a public survey and share it across your social media channels, send to your loved ones, and even set aside a small budget to pay strangers to take the survey.

If you decide to do this, make sure your audience is varied. For example, if most of your Instagram followers are women in their 20s or 30s, you do not want to only get the word out for your survey there. A good option to figure out the demographics of a survey participant is to ask for the participant’s age range, gender, ethnicity, yearly income etc. on the form. You also want to ask questions that pertain to the average person’s daily life, which also involves almost every industry you can think of (ex. on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the ease of transportation service apps and what improvements would you like to see in them? On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the effectiveness of lifestyle tracking apps such as MyFitnessPal and what would you like to see be done differently?) 

  1. Consult with a reputable software company: If you started with a concept but are having a hard time completing it, you can get some mobile app development experts to help you finish your idea. Mobile app development companies have brainstormed ideas with various clients in the past, and they know what it takes to build the perfect app. They can warn you of any precautions to look out for, and give you the expertise you are looking for. If you already have a finished concept in mind, these experts can help you better your idea even more by offering suggestions, including mobile app name suggestions and more. You want to find a reputable mobile app development agency backed by good work and a true passion for bringing mobile concepts to life. 

Brainstorming a good mobile app idea is not as intimidating as it seems. A good mobile app development company can ease your worries. Sunvera has what it takes to not only bring your intelligent mobile application idea to life, but also make sure that your app is not dead on arrival, as the majority of mobile apps are the moment they reach the app stores. Schedule a free consultation with us today to see how we can help you. 

Top 3 Mental Health Software Trends of 2020

The proliferation of patients suffering from mental illness this year has concluded that the year has not been easy for many. This could be due to many reasons but the elephant in the room is COVID-19, which has caused a lot of harm to the public in many ways, including thousands of people getting laid off from their jobs, everything going remote causing feelings of loneliness and seclusion, anxiety about health concerns due to the rapid spread of the virus, and more. The public is learning to adjust to the ongoing situation, but a large chunk of those people are struggling. 

 

On a brighter note, these uncertain times are stirring a rapid growth in mental health software trends that were believed to be seen in 5-10 years. Additionally, doctors and physicians are taking close note of what patients really need during the era of social distancing. Let’s have a look at the top three mental health trends this year which will aim to reduce the rate of mental illness patients in the near future. 

 

 

(1) Rapid Use of Well-Being apps such as Calm and Headspace: The meditation app industry is rising to new heights every day, with the Headspace app reporting a 20% increase in downloads since March. More Americans are finding such apps beneficial as access to healthcare is still difficult. 

 

 

A number of doctors and physicians have decided to create their own custom mental health app for their patients to track their well-being and easily communicate with their healthcare organization or clinic. These apps are not necessary only for mediation, but also the following:

 

  • Connecting patients to board-certified mental health professionals
  • An online portal where patients can simultaneously get in touch with various coaches, therapists, and psychiatrists to receive the highest level of care
  • Providing therapy services to patients in rural areas
  • Custom lifestyle tracking apps to help doctors easily gain info on patient habits

 

 

(2) Machine Learning Tracking The Language of Social Media Users To Determine Mental Health Levels: Perhaps one of the neatest and most innovative mental health software trends to combat the rise of mental health patients, machine learning is coming to the rescue. One of the best ways to reduce mental illness levels is to track negative mental behavior before it emerges at a deeper level. But how can this be made possible?

 

 

Machine learning can track the verbiage that the public is using online. You might be thinking, ‘Yeah, that’s good but many do not express their sadness and dissatisfaction on social media. They only show their good side.’ You are right. However, with millions of Americans being able to express themselves anonymously online through forums such as Reddit, there is enough data for machine learning to work with, which is also more accurate data. For more information, have a look at this informative article on a machine learning study done on 800,000 Reddit users to track mental health near the beginning of the pandemic

 

 

(3) Stricter privacy requirements of mental health patients: You cannot address the topic of remote services without bringing up patient privacy. With mental health services being conducted online, there has to be a greater level of cybersecurity measures in place. HIPAA compliance practices are being heavily implemented this year, and are at an all time high. You have to make sure that your healthcare organization is meeting the New HIPAA Regulations of 2020.

 

 

Sunvera understands the progression of the mental health industry along with the pandemic, and can help doctors, physicians, and therapists implement the right solution which can significantly improve the level of communication between your healthcare organization and the patients, as well as increase patient satisfaction. We have helped numerous clients in the field of mental care, including telehealth, and we offer a free consultation to discuss your organization’s needs. 

 

The Endless Possibilities With Telehealth Applications

If you could build a telehealth application in just weeks, what kind of services would you offer? The truth is that telehealth goes beyond consultations, regular e-visits, remote patient monitoring, video conferencing and many other terms you may have seen associated with this ever-growing need. Many can agree that this year has been a tumultuous one in many ways, and the healthcare industry has been most affected by it. Doctors, physicians, and other healthcare experts around the world have been adopting telehealth practices to serve patients remotely, and are now looking into providing more possibilities with telehealth as they are seeing success with their current remote and urgent care offerings through telehealth applications for desktop and mobile. 

 

How has the public view on telehealth changed since March? Let’s look at the numbers. 

 

Before the rise of the pandemic, the telehealth market was already projected to have a worth of $185 billion by 2026. Obviously, COVID-19 is increasing the demand of these services, and the market will likely reach this goal much sooner. 

 

March-June

 

  • Bing saw a 5x increase for searches on Telehealth and Telemedicine compared to last year
  • Teladoc, one of the leading virtual healthcare companies in the US, saw a 50% increase in patient visits (Quartz)
  • Although a growing number of patients were scheduling virtual appointments with their doctors, 63% of patients were apprehensive before their first e-visit (Healio)

 

July-October

 

  • A survey by VivifyHealth revealed that 8 out of 10 participants had a positive experience with telehealth
  • The same survey showed that 66% of respondents felt e-visits took care of some of their medical concerns
  • Another survey revealed that 70% of participants feel satisfied with telehealth offerings (Healio)

 

November-Present

 

  • Although there is no sight of the pandemic ending anytime soon, an estimated 83% of patients will continue taking advantage of telehealth services even after the COVID-19 situation resolves (Medical Economics)

 

By examining these stats, we can conclude that the growing presence of virtual healthcare is gradually (or not so gradually) reducing concerns centered around the topic of remote doctor-patient communications, healthcare data sharing online, etc. With an increasing number of patients using remote healthcare services, others are starting to become more confident and comfortable with the practice. 

 

The fascinating part of telehealth is that it is not limited to the broad range of services you may have heard about in the past including consultations and out-of-office visits. Here are some additional healthcare areas where telehealth is expected to interrupt, in a positive manner of course. 

 

Talk to The Therapist Anytime

 

The field of telepsychology and teletherapy (the two terms are often interchanged) is seeing a greater patient satisfaction rate as more patients can connect with a therapist in bed. Many patients have found it easier to express how they feel since they are venting from the comfort of their homes. 

 

TalkSpace, one of the leading teletherapy apps, has seen a lot of success this year. The app allows you to connect with a licensed therapist anytime. Patients who seek therapy hate experiencing the time gap before they can talk to their therapist. Through TalkSpace, they can express how they feel as soon as their emotions take over them, instead of having to wait for their therapist appointment, when the emotions are not as strong. This is just one of many directions that professionals in the telepsychology and  teletherapy field can go. 

 

Propelling Rural Healthcare Access with Store-and-Forward

 

Rural access has been one of the greatest challenges when it comes to healthcare. Although there are many factors that prevent quality healthcare to reach residents in secluded areas, one rural issue that telehealth aims to solve is the communication between primary care providers in these areas and specialists in other areas. Sending important data for the specialists to review can now be done through a smooth process called Store-and-Forward, also known as asynchronous transmission. 

 

Connect With Multiple Specialists and Coaches at Once

 

Some patients need to connect with various doctors, coaches, trainers etc. to help better the various areas of their lives. For example, a patient may have depression and finds himself or herself binge eating. That patient will then want to connect with a therapist and a nutritionist simultaneously. Apps such as RevUp by MD Revolution make this possible. You get invited to the platform by your doctor or physician. The easy interface helps you keep track of numbers such as your weight and blood pressure. You can even integrate with other apps and devices to keep track of other data such as your fitness and nutrition. 

 

Sunvera understands your telehealth needs, and we have helped a number of healthcare organizations and clinics including MedHero, an advanced urgent care and wellness center with locations in San Clemente and Carlsbad, CA. The telehealth app we built for them allows patients to receive urgent care from the comfort of their home, and they can get in touch with a board certified physician in their area through easy appointment scheduling from desktop and/or mobile. 

 

We understand that, while the numbers are pointing towards a positive future for telehealth, the concern for privacy and security does not seem to budge when conducting these services online. Sunvera can build the perfect telehealth software solution for your healthcare organization that fully addresses the need to protect patient info by implementing features such as single sign-on (SSO) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) to protect patient records and confidentiality. 

How To Simplify Remote Work Management

 

The current situation is prompting companies to go remote, and more than half of those companies are not fully equipped to master the art of remote work management. Many supervisors and managers have trouble making sure that the rest of the employees are on track just by communicating with them once or twice a week and using spreadsheets and checklists to see what milestones they have reached in a certain amount of time. The higher ups already have a lot on their plate, and they do not have time to monitor each employee manually. 

 

The Problems With Allowing Your Employees To Work From Home

 

Problem #1: Poor Communication You know that this had to be in the list. As the employees are not in-house right now, they may not be in an environment that stimulates productivity and they may not get everything done in time. Even if they have an office at home, that face-to-face communication with their boss, manager, and co-workers is not there and there is nobody checking in on them as often as when they were working in the office. This can have a drastic impact on an employee’s work performance, especially for those who have never worked remotely before.

 

Problem #2: Don’t Know How to Prioritize Tasks You may know about project management tools such as Trello and Asana, but these software have their own downsides, as they are not the most user-friendly, and a number of them cannot be integrated with third-party software. Plus, your company costs will be adding up very fast as you pay at least $120 per employee every single year. The sad part is that employees still need hand-holding and that money goes to waste. 

 

Problem #3: Sharing Files with Co-Workers Sending important files to co-workers can be stressful sometimes since they can get lost in the email or chat. With files being sent in different chat groups and emails, it is a pain having to download each and every single file and store it on your computer in folders. There has to be a simpler way.

 

Problem #4: Employee Burnout With little supervision and roles not clearly defined, confusion can lead employees to working overtime to get work done, which can lower job satisfaction and increase rates of employee burnout.

 

Problem #5: Access to company systems are difficult It’s not always the employee’s fault! Companies can also be making remote work hard for employees without realizing it. Users have to login to each and every platform which can be both time-consuming and stressful, especially if they can’t save their passwords on their home desktop or laptop. Employees are having to keep track of their login info for various sites which can take up a great deal of their time.

 

A New Way to Work Remotely

 

What companies need is an efficient, user-friendly unified access management solution that can help them properly manage their remote team(s) and give employees privileged access. A good remote work management solution will allow you to do the following:

 

Access Management: With a single click, you should be able to grant employees access to all of your homegrown and Saas platforms. The primary capability with this is that you should be able to pick which platforms a certain employee should have access to. This allows you to save your employees a great deal of time as they do not have to login to every single system anymore, and it can also increase the security of your company data.

 

Single Sign-On and Multi-Factor Authentication: Since security is often at stake if you do not implement the right cybersecurity measures for your business when working remotely, you want to make sure that employees have a single sign-on (SSO) and/or a multi-factor authentication (MFA) option. 

 

Easy File-Sharing: A single area where files can safely be shared among co-workers through a simple drag and drop option is the way to go. You will never have to worry about gathering your important files in one place ever again.

 

Defined Roles: Remote work management cannot be complete without you clearly defining the roles of your workers, which not only increases employee productivity but allows for smooth open communication between the management team and employees. 

 

Integration and Customization: Your remote access management solution should have the capability to be integrated with other third-party software such as G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, Jira, Adobe Creative Cloud and more. If there are some features on the management solution that you do not use, you should be able to disable them with the click of a button to increase user-friendliness. 

 

Unified Communications: Lastly, you want to be able to merge all of your communication channels so you can send any form of communication from anywhere. This includes work, home, or even on a plane!

 

SOLVO by Sunvera Software allows you to transform the way your company operates remotely. We allow you to become more confident in managing employees away from the office with solutions that can even be applied in-office to make sure productivity levels are being reached. Easily maintain employee satisfaction while getting the most out of them. Our low-cost control access solution helps you do it all. 

5 Ways AI Is Transforming the Healthcare Industry

Many of us may not realize that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has quietly established a global presence in our everyday lives. From revolutionary apps such as Facebook and Uber to mobile check deposits, we have a lot to thank AI for. 

 

The healthcare industry is starting to witness massive upcoming changes that will change the whole game. Many hospitals and healthcare professionals have started incorporating this groundbreaking technology into their work lives, and the results have been impressive so far. Here are five ways that AI can, and will, positively impact the health industry. 

 

( 1 ) Making sense of big data: Healthcare professionals rely on big data to study diseases so they can try to find a cure for them. The problem is that examining big data can get really complicated and even take years to understand, so this spurs the need for AI. Using automated technology also reduces the chances of misinterpreting information and therefore, saving even more time. 

 

( 2 ) Brain-computer interfaces solution: Some people have had the heartbreaking experience of seeing their loved ones struggle to speak due to neuromuscular disorders. The solution for this lies in the hands of a brain-computer interface, or BCI, which takes brain signals and projects them onto an outward device. BCIs not only work to solve communication barriers, but are also being used for prevention of life-threatening habits such as alcohol and smoking as well as detection of health issues. Learn more about the various medical applications of BCIs

( 3 ) Robots helping perform surgeries: Yes you read that right. More and more doctors are finding the option of robot-assisted surgery attractive for various reasons. The most important reason is that robots allow levels of precision and control that humans may not be capable of. A new study by iData Research reveals that the robotic surgery market is expected to reach $7 billion by 2025. 

 

 

( 4 ) Accelerating the development of new medicine: AI-created medicine will be used on humans for the first time this year. This is exciting news since manual drug development processes can take up to 20 years, while AI can get the job done in just weeks. Therefore, the incorporation of more AI in medicine development will be a huge step-up towards medical advancement. It is very likely that the majority of new medicines near the end of the decade will be developed with AI. 

 

( 5 ) Simplifying the medical imaging process: According to a survey by Definitive Healthcare, approximately one-third of organizations use AI to assist with medical imaging processes, resulting in more faster and accurate diagnoses. 

 

The results of the studies conducted on artificial intelligence processes thus far give us a bright outlook on the future of healthcare. The possibilities with AI are endless. The question then remains, how will medical professionals allocate the rest of their time to seek better treatments and cures for patients? 

Sunvera Software is one of the market leaders in providing custom AI-based telehealth solutions to medical professionals. We have pioneered intelligent apps that solve common issues such as accessing urgent care and medical research studies with ease. 

 

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Find My Phone Apps

Introduction

Our dependence on smartphones has multiplied exponentially in the last few years. They might have eased our lives but we are a single object away from a disturbed life. That object is our phones. If by any mistake or accident, we lose our phone, we will be a mess.

Multiple backups and cloud storage might get us our data back but they won’t get us our phone back. Nevertheless, the concept of “Find my phone app” has been worked upon a lot and there are multiple such apps in the market. Their significance has led to a lot of improvement and research in this domain.

Features

“Find my phone” app lets you recover your data, photos, phone numbers, and helps you track the location of your device. The battery life and details of the Wi-Fi network it is connected to can also be seen. Android’s “find my device” system is pretty sophisticated as it pinpoints the location of your device on a map. The app can also be used to ring it remotely or lock it. Wiping data off your device is also an important feature of this app.

Find my phone app has a large scope in the app market because phones and other android devices are a necessity in everyone’s life. People use them for their official and private tasks. Therefore phones are of immense importance to everyone.

Designing such apps is a profitable investment these days. Multiple factors influence the design and cost of the app.

Process of making the app

All the requirements for the app need to be gathered at first. For instance, if the app is for androids only, different android versions, various phone models, and app platforms are to be jotted down. This step is followed by the UI/UX design of the app. It will be the programmer’s job, however, multiple things need to be discussed with the investor as well. After finalizing the UI design and a lot of programming, a prototype is made. Multiple test runs and analyses are performed which help to understand the practicality of the app. App development is the next process that finalizes much of the programming and gives a final version of the app. After quality assurance and multiple checks, the app is ready to be launched. App deployment takes place after the design, user interface, and quality meets the requirement of the client. The support and maintenance team has to be on duty all the time and fix any errors or bugs that might be encountered.

Cost and conclusion

The variety of designs and features makes the price of such an app, a variable. However, according to an estimate, such an app can be developed in $3000-$18000. On average it takes around 45 days for such an app to be developed and run all the quality assurance tests.

Mobile app business is on a growth trend for 2020

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Mobile apps growing again in 2020.

Mobile app business is on a growth trend for 2020, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). The market is projected to be valued at US$15.5 billion by 2020. There’s a huge amount of mobile apps that can be used for entertainment, communication, banking, and business purposes.

There are millions of apps and websites available, so you can count on not having enough time to hunt through them all.

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Why Mobile Apps Are the Next Big Thing:

You won’t be able to tell us that you’re not using a mobile app. No worries, because most of the apps that you find are all over the Internet, such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. People are always spending more time on the Internet, and that’s because mobile is the preferred option for doing any task or gathering information that can be sent over the Internet.

Not only that, but many of the apps you find are optimized for mobile, such as instant news, music apps, and banking apps. In order to create a website, even with desktop technology, you need to make a webpage.

While there has been a recent wave of apps targeting mobile devices, most of them are targeted at enterprise customers. But many have a more consumer-like appeal, such as Woot, which offers a social feature for the “smart home.” It’s not enough for app makers to simply develop for the enterprise market, says Ram Iyer, CEO of app development company Sunvera Software. He says an app should give users multiple ways to interact with it, and not simply be a “single button in your hand.”

For example, Woot, a social app, has various ways to communicate with customers; people can post updates on Facebook with Woot’s “Like” button, or chat with company members using the app. Other companies, such as Amazon, Snapchat and Twitter, offer additional messaging features.

The question for developers and consumers alike: How do you make an app to meet the growing expectations for consumers and the growing need for enterprise software?

 

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