Flipkart The Big Billion Days Sale: Dates, Offers, Discount On Products

Flipkart The Big billion Days sale will start from Wednesday and run til October 14.

Ahead of Diwali, if you want to buy new appliances, phones, and watches, among other things, you can choose from a wide array of online shopping platforms. E-commerce giants are back with their festive season sales this year. As the competition heats up, archrivals Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal are going all out to woo the maximum number of customers. Amazon is running the Great Indian Festival Sale from October 10-15, Snapdeal will start with the Mega Diwali Sale from October 10-14, and Flipkart’s The Big billion Days sale will start from Wednesday and run til October 14.

Given below are details of The Big Billion Days sale of Flipkart:

Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days offers
Under Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days sale, customers can avail up to 90 per cent off on fashion apparel, up to 80 per cent discount on home, furniture, TVs and appliances and “jaw dropping deals” on mobiles, the company said.

Customers can also get 10 per cent discount on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards. EMI (equated monthly installments) transactions can also be made. Customers can also avail no-cost EMIs subject to terms and conditions.


(Customers can also get 10 per cent discount on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards.)


Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days discount
Flipkart’s The Big Billion Days sale will open between October 10-14 for certain products and between October 11-14 for others.

Between October 10-14, customers can avail up to 90 per cent on fashion products, up to 80 per cent off on TV and appliances, between 50-90 per cent off on home and furniture products, between 50-90 per cent off on beauty and sports products and toys, and up to 80 per cent discount on smart devices and other products, stated flipkart.com.

Between October 11-14, customers can avail up to 80 per cent discount on gadgets and accessories.

The Big Billion Days offers for Flipkart Plus members
Flipkart Plus members will get three hours of early access from 9 pm on October 9 and 10. Flipkart Plus is a loyalty program that aims to reward customers for the purchases they make on the online marketplace.

Earlier this year, Walmart, in a $16-billion deal, acquired a 77 per cent stake in Flipkart to become its largest shareholder.


Clutch Announces the Leading Web Design Agencies in the United States for 2018

 Clutch unveiled a list of the leading web design agencies across the United States today. These designers are experts in the latest design techniques and work closely with clients to ensure that their websites fit their unique style and business goals.

This report recognizes over 1,000 companies for their ability to deliver and commitment to client satisfaction.

“In today’s competitive digital landscape, having a unique and eye-catching design for your website is essential to stand out from the crowd,” Clutch Business Analyst DJ Fajana said. “These leaders have not only demonstrated creativity and a deep understanding of the industries they work in but also ensured that their clients are informed and happy throughout the entire design process.”

It’s free to get listed on Clutch, but only the most highly recommended companies are named as leaders in Clutch’s annual reports. These web designers have gone above and beyond to prove their industry expertise and ability to deliver.

Clutch’s research is ongoing. For a chance to be listed on Clutch’s 2019 report, apply now. It’s a free, two-step process that takes less than 20 minutes


Follow these easy tips to protect your lips from the summer heat

Use SPF protected lip balms to reduce harm caused by the sun.

Applying sunscreen on your skin is a common practice but most people end up ignoring their lips. In fact, your lips will suffer sun damage far quicker than your skin. So, how do you make sure your lips are soft, moist and not totally ruined by the sun? Experts give their take.

Hema Sharma Datta, Head, Skin Care and Cleansing, R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares why it is important to protect lips in summer.

* Lips lack natural protective oil: Our skin contains sebaceous glands that secrete the natural oil called sebum which keeps our skin moisturised. However, our lips do not contain these glands and therefore, it is essential for us to keep them protected and hydrated through the day. Therefore, using a lip balm that is enriched with natural ingredients in this weather is a must.

* Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun affect the lips: UV rays are extremely harmful for our skin, and our lips are no exception. Since they have fewer melanocytes in them, they are more prone to sun damage caused by UV exposure. It impacts the production of collagen in our lips in the long run thus damaging their health and appearance.

* Sudden changes in temperature can make your lips dry: The sudden and drastic change in temperature is quite detrimental to the health of our lips. For this reason, carrying a lip balm that nourishes and soothes our lips is extremely essential.

A lip balm enriched with the essence of oranges is the best bet for you to protect your lips from the sun. (Shutterstock)

Shikhee Agrawal, Head Training, The Body Shop, Geetika Mittal Gupta, Founder and Medical Director at ISAAC (International Skin & Anti Aging Centre), Sham Kumar, Education Manager at Kiehl’s India, give tips to protect the lips.

* A lip balm enriched with the essence of oranges is the best bet for you to protect your lips from the sun, owing to its natural photo protection and skin conditioning properties.

* We have a habit of licking our lips when they feel dry, instead use a hydrating lip balm, switch to lip balms enriched with bees wax. Use SPF protected lip balms to reduce the harm.

* Exfoliation is as important for the lips as it is for skin, apply a sugar scrub using a toothbrush once a week to get rid of the dead skin layer.

* You can use butter stick as well. Butter stick lip treatment is hydrating. It will make lips feel and look softer, smoother and moisturised.

* Eat plenty of green vegetables and fruits as fruits rich in vitamin help in increasing the water intake too.

* Lips do turn black in the summer heat. So you can mix saffron and curd and apply daily 2-3 times to maintain the natural lip colour.

* Maintain a regular night lip regime. For this you can take half a teaspoon of glycerin, castor oil and lemon juice. Apply this mixture on to your lips and leave overnight.

* Drinking up to 12 glasses of water keeps your body and lips hydrated and helps stimulate the blood circulation of the skin.


The power of good skin

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We women juggle multiple roles and handle a zillion responsibilities, both at work and at home. Nothing motivates a multitasking woman as much as confidence. It is that secret tool in her arsenal that gets her going—helping her achieve her full potential in every aspect of her day-to-day life and helping her face whatever life throws at her.
For most women, good skin is high up on the list of confidence boosters. It plays an important part in how a woman views herself, how she behaves in her daily environment, and how she tackles challenges and other factors that affect her. This is often referred to as skin confidence. Skin confidence comes from good skin health—when your skin is well-attended-to and in its optimal health, it boosts your self-esteem and makes it easier for you to focus on the many other tasks you need to accomplish.
Hot Indian summers and pollution can dampen your skin confidence; they are quite harsh on the skin and create problems for it. Cricketer Smriti Mandhana became quite the internet sensation during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. The whole country not only fell in love with this 21-year-old’s game but also her natural beauty.

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Just like any young woman, Mandhana too worries about her skin especially because she spends so much time outdoors in the sun while playing or practising, and is also affected by pollution while on the move. Luckily, she’s found a perfect sun and protection shield—the Vaseline Sun and Pollution Protection body lotion. It comes with SPF 24 PA++ which defends the skin from the harsh rays of the sun and Pollution Protection Formula, which protects it from harmful pollutants. This lotion helps Mandhana not only protect her skin but also helps her restore its natural radiance, so that she can focus on bigger things, like say, winning the World Cup for the country.
It may seem like a small thing but on a good skin day, you will feel your best. You’ll feel a little more confident than usual. And, if you have skin confidence, it’s a guaranteed that you will feel like you can get more out of life. In simpler terms, you want to step out, meet people and make connections, take on the world with confidence and have fun while you’re at it.

Can the Mediterranean Diet Protect You Against Air Pollution Health Risks?

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Air pollution is a serious and growing public health concern. Ninety-five percent of the Earth’s population breathes unsafe air, and scientists are discovering more and more health risks associated with doing so.

However, since the solution to air pollution depends on political decisions and technological innovation, it is hard for individuals to know how to protect themselves. Until now. A new study has found that eating a Mediterranean diet might limit the long-term health impacts of certain types of deadly air pollution, Time reported Monday.

Researchers at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine compared the health outcomes for almost 550,000 Americans near the age of 62 over 17 years based on their exposure to particulate matter, nitrous oxide and ozone and how closely their eating habits matched the Mediterranean diet of fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, legumes, whole grains and olive oil. They found that Mediterranean-type eaters were less likely than others to die after exposure to particulate matter and nitrous oxide.

The findings were presented at the American Thoracic Society 2018 International Conference taking place from May 18 to 23 in San Diego.

“[A]doption of a Mediterranean diet has the potential to reduce the effects of air pollution in a substantial population in the United States,” senior study author George Thurston said in a press release published by ScienceDaily.

Thurston explained that the Mediterranean diet is high in antioxidants, so the findings backed the hypothesis that air pollution harms human health by increasing inflammation.

“Given the benefits we found of a diet high in anti-oxidants, our results are consistent with the hypothesis that particle air pollution caused by fossil fuel combustion adversely affects health by inducing oxidative stress and inflammation,” he said.

The study builds on previous research indicating that an antioxidant rich diet can mitigate the health impacts of short-term exposure to air pollution.

“What we did not know was whether diet can influence the association between long-term air pollution exposure and health effects,” NYU School of Medicine doctoral student Chris C. Lim said in the press release.

They found that, for those who did not stick to a Mediterranean diet, deaths overall increased by 5 percent for every 10 parts per billion (ppb) increase in long-term nitrous oxide exposure, compared to 2 percent for those who followed the diet most strictly.

When it came to cardiovascular disease deaths, those increased by 10 percent per 10 ppb increase in nitrous oxide exposure for those who least followed the diet compared to two percent for those who most followed it.

Heart attack deaths due to nitrous oxide exposure increased by 12 percent per ppb compared to 4 percent per ppb for the least and most adherent to the diet.

For particulate matter, cardiac disease deaths increased by 17 percent per 10 micrgrams per cubic meter of increased exposure for those who least followed the diet compared to 5 percent per 10 micrograms per cubic meter for those who most followed it, and heart attack deaths increased by 20 percent per 10 micrograms per cubic meter for the least adherent compared to 5 percent for the most faithful.

Following a Mediterranean diet was not found to improve health outcomes following ozone exposure.

While Time pointed out that more research needs to be done before it is assured that a dietary change can provide a bulwark against air pollution, you won’t hurt your health, or your taste buds, by switching to a Mediterranean diet just in case.

As Lim told Time, “Eat your veggies.”


The Best Men’s Hair-Loss Treatments and Products, According to Hair-Loss Doctors and Dermatologists

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Hair: It’s a natural part of being a human. But when the temperature climbs, and skin is exposed, it’s one of those things that a good many of us want to control. This week, we’re tackling hairlessness, not just the process of hair removal (electric shavers and ingrown-hair treatments and aesthetician-approved tweezers) but also what to buy when you’re losing your hair, and even how to take care of a Sphynx cat. Here, we’re talking to dermatologists and hair-loss doctors about hair-loss treatments that actually work.

If you’re a gentleman who’s been noticing a receding hairline or is worried about balding, the first step is to schedule a visit with a doctor or dermatologist and make sure your hair loss isn’t a sign of a more serious health issue. “Not all hair loss is male-pattern hair loss,” explains Dr. Marc Glashofer, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in hair loss and practicing in northern New Jersey. A thyroid disorder, an autoimmune disease, or even a scalp issue could be making you look like Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2. But most hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness, and fortunately (or not, depending on your perspective), it’s just a symptom of getting older.

Once male-pattern baldness starts, it’s not going to stop until every last hair on your head has shrunk or shed, though the rate at which this happens differs from person to person and depends on genetics. And since the grind of hair loss is unending, it’s important to start treatment as soon as your hairline starts bothering you. If you’re looking for a more quantitative metric, Dr. Paul McAndrews, clinical professor of dermatology at the USC School of Medicine and member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, assures me that “you have to lose half your hair before the human eye can tell.” (Of course, if you don’t care about losing your hair and are fine with going full Prince William and shaving your head, go for it. We’ve got some recommendations for razors and hair trimmers to help you out on that front.)

The scientifically proven, doctor-approved ways to prevent hair loss

Rogaine Men’s Minoxidil Hair Thinning & Loss Treatment Foam, Three Month

Rogaine Men’s Minoxidil Hair Thinning & Loss Treatment Foam, Three Month

If you do decide to start treatment to save your hair, a good place to start is with minoxidil, more commonly known as Rogaine. Don’t expect this hair-loss treatment to create luscious locks; minoxidil is better at slowing down or preventing more loss rather than promoting hair growth. But, according to Dr. Amy McMichael, professor and chair of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Department of Dermatology, it is effective “if used as recommended, with evidence of improvement seen around six to nine months.” Simply massage the foam or solution into your scalp once or twice daily, and for best results, use a formula with 5 percent concentration.

$42 at Walmart

Finasteride, 30-Day Supply

Finasteride, 30-Day Supply

The other main hair-loss treatment that was recommended by all four dermatologists I interviewed is finasteride, often called by its brand name Propecia. This FDA-approved medication is only available with a prescription, but these days, it’s found as a generic and ordered online after a virtual consultation, through start-ups like Hims, Keeps, and Lemonaid.

Finasteride inhibits an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, the hormone that causes hair loss in men, and unlike minoxidil, this drug can actually help hair grow back, as well as prevent further loss. All you have to do is take one pill a day, and according to Dr. Evan Rieder, dermatologist in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Health, two-thirds of men taking this treatment will see improvements in hair density over time.

$29 at Hims

The Rx Hair Kit

The Rx Hair Kit

You can also get a hair-loss kit from Hims, which comes with both minoxidil and finasteride. Keeps has one, as well. And though it might seem like overkill to take two different hair-loss treatments at once, this is one of those rare instances where more is actually better. McAndrews calls the combination of orally administered finasteride and topically applied minoxidil a “full-court press” against hair loss. “That’s doing the most you can for preventative medicine.” Rieder notes that taking both drugs together is more effective than taking either one alone.

But you must start these medical therapies before you lose all your hair. McAndrews likens it to brushing your teeth, in that both are preventative measures. “The sooner you start doing it, the better at slowing down this aging process,” he explains, adding, “Is toothpaste perfect? No, you’re still getting tooth decay with toothpaste, but you’re slowing down tooth decay.”

$42 at Hims

The possibly effective laser comb

HairMax Prima7 LaserComb

HairMax Prima7 LaserComb

The only nonchemical option offered up by the dermatologists I spoke with — short of a surgical hair transplant or platelet-rich plasma therapy, which is like Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial but for your scalp — was the laser comb. First cleared by the FDA in 2009, the HairMax LaserComb is a handheld laser device that is designed to promote hair growth. As the manufacturer explains in a letter to the FDA, “The device provides distributed laser light to the scalp while the comb teeth simultaneously part the user’s hair to ensure the laser light reaches the user’s scalp,” which, in turn, stimulates the hair follicles.

$195 at Bed Bath & Beyond

And though this treatment appears to be safe and somewhat effective, it’s hard to tell who will react well to this low-level light therapy, which is why the doctors I spoke with were hesitant to fully endorse it. “We’re not sure what the optimal power is, what the optimal wavelength is, we don’t even really know the mechanism of action of how this is working,” says Rieder. Plus, it doesn’t work on everyone. “There are subpopulations of patients who do respond to low-level laser light, but this is not easily predictable,” explains McMichael, though she adds that the risk of using the LaserComb is low.

The trick about all of these hair-loss products and treatments is that they’ll stop working as soon as you stop using them. “They have to be ready for a lifetime commitment,” says Rieder. But, just like brushing your teeth, as long you keep on keeping on with the scientifically proven preventative treatments, those hairs on your head should be just fine.

And about those hair-growth shampoos and supplements

What’s got less evidence supporting its efficacy are the hair-growth shampoos that claim to block DHT (like those sold by Hims in their Rx Hair Kit). Rieder is skeptical that you’re going to see any tangible benefits by rubbing DHT blockers into your scalp. “I find it very difficult to believe that something that’s applied to the scalp and rinsed off is going to have any appreciable effect.” All four doctors also shut down any suggestions that hair-growth supplements or vitamins, like biotin, could help promote hair growth or stop hair loss — though a couple hypothesized that vitamins or supplements could lead to hair regrowth if your hair loss was a result of a nutritional deficiency. But otherwise, if you’re dealing with regular old male-pattern baldness, “There is no such thing as a ‘hair vitamin,’” says McMichael.


Meshel Laurie has beautifully explained her new hair, saying “the fact is, I have a problem.”


On Friday night, Meshel Laurie sat behind The Project desk. Her smile was wide, her wit quick, and her hair a sleek, purple bob.

The 41-year-old radio and TV presenter is known for her colourful and ever-changing hair looks. It’s one of the many reasons her fans love her.

But behind her latest look is a common health issue many women are experiencing, but feel they can’t talk about. Female hair loss.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the mother-of-two felt she had to explain the reason she chose to wear a purple wig.

“I know my look on The Project tonight was a bit wacky, and to be honest, it rattled my confidence a bit. It was a desperate measure by a desperate woman,” the Buddhism for Break-ups author wrote.

“It was a cheap wig. The fact is, I have a problem. I’ve always had great hair. I’ve never felt like I had much else going for me on the physical side of things, but I always had a great, thick head of hair that could take anything, but now alas, it has left me.  It grows, but then it snaps. I know for a lot of women it stops growing altogether!

Meshel went on to explain how her hair loss has impacted her mental health and self-confidence, more so than any other sign of ageing.

“It’s taking my confidence and making me feel like I’m not myself anymore. It’s also making me so very sad. Every time I look in the mirror I’m horrified at what I see. I’ve just been flailing around for months until now, grabbing at one thing after another until I hit rock bottom with this purple wig.”

“I try so hard not to be a problem to anyone, but this issue was quickly becoming too big for me to handle on my own. I was spending whole days driving around town trying to figure out how to cover it up before my next Project call time. 

“Onward and upward. Time to start dealing with it positively instead of ignoring it.”

It’s a common myth that hair loss only looks like a man thinning on the top. In fact, more than 55 per cent of women will experience some degree of hair loss in their life, Dinh and Sinclair research reports.

Hair loss, which can include breakage and thinning, increases with age. 12 per cent of women aged 20-29 experience hair loss, 25 per cent aged 30-49, 41 per cent aged 50-79 and over 50 per cent aged over 80.

While hair loss affects both men and women, the way it impacts on our mental health differs. The same research found 52 per cent of women said they were “very-to-extremely upset” by their hair loss compared to just 28 per cent of men, and struggled with low self-esteem, negative body image and reduced social contact.

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Factors like age, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, medications and stress can all cause hair loss in women. Regardless of why it happens, female hair loss carries stigma and shame, especially if, like Meshel, your hair has always been your thing.

Only by talking about it can we start to realise it’s more common than we think. The comments on Meshel’s Facebook post are proof of that.

“Oh Meshel I totally get where you are coming from girl! I am also there and its devastating!” one commented.

Another added, “I totally feel you with the anxiety part in relation to your hair. My hair falls out in what seems to be a cycle, when you lose your hair it’s soul destroying.”

Among hundreds of positive comments reminding Meshel how well she rocked her wig (which many didn’t realise was a wig at all), this one stood out.

“When I look at you, I see more than just your hair. Your skin is lovely. Your eyes dance when you are happy or excited. Your smile can light up a room. You are truly beautiful. We see you, the true you, a beautiful, genuine individual. That comes across in everything you do.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Have you experienced hair loss? Have you found a solution that works for you and makes you feel confident? Share it with us in the comments!


Upcoming BlackBerry Phones May Be Codenamed Athena, Luna, and Uni: Here Are The Rumored Specs

TCL will reportedly launch three BlackBerry smartphones in 2018, and according to new rumors, their codenames are Athena, Luna, and Uni. There is no official info about any of these smartphones, so, at the moment, we can only rely on rumors and speculations. LetsGoDigital has just discovered some patents and trademarks filed by TCL which may be related to the phone codenamed Uni. According to the patents, the design of this device may be similar to BlackBerry Priv, the first Android phones released by the Canadian giant, before being acquired by TCL.

BlackBerry Krypton

The patent regards the camera module and if you want to get more info about it you can visit our dedicated article. Anyway, take it with a pinch of salt as some rumors are pointing out that this design is just a reference point to describe the patent.

RELATED: BlackBerry Patents New Camera Design, May Appear in A Priv Successor This Year

BlackBerry Athena is rumored to be a device with a physical QWERTY keyboard included, and it is expected to be released in two variants with different model numbers: BBE100-1 and BBF100-1. It is also tipped to come with 6 or even 8 GB of RAM, paired with 64 GB of internal storage. This makes us thinks that we may be talking about a high-end device: the first real high-end phone released by TCL under the BB brand. Rumors are suggesting that the phone may be powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC, which is actually the best midrange SoC released by Qualcomm. At last, there is Luna, but we don’t have much details about it. It is rumored to be a mid-range phone which aims to focus on the quality-price ratio. It may come with a physical keyboard just as the Athena, but for now we are only talking about speculations.


While the Nokia Brand Flourishes, the BlackBerry Brand is Stagnating

While the Nokia Brand Flourishes, the BlackBerry Brand is Stagnating

Two of the most surprising brands entering the Android marketplace these last 2-3 years has to be BlackBerry and Nokia. Nokia used to be a stable cellular phone brand back in the day and BlackBerry cemented its position before smartphones even became mainstream. Each of these brands have been revived under two different strategies and each of them have had different levels of success.

We’ll start with the BlackBerry brand as the Priv hit the market before an HMD Global smartphone under the Nokia brand name went up for sale. At the time, BlackBerry was still focusing on BlackBerry 10 and most Android smartphones used a virtual keyboard rather than a physical one that BlackBerry is known for. The company launched the Priv as their first Android smartphone, and it seems like sales were good enough to justify further efforts.

BlackBerry ended up licensing out its brand name to TCL (and other companies) for devices they wanted to sell. This ended up taking BlackBerry out of the smartphone hardware business so they could focus on what they were more passionate about—enterprise software. The DTEK50 and DTEK60 hardware were made by TCL while still letting BlackBerry handle the software side of things.

Nokia followed a similar but somewhat different strategy when they licensed their name out to a company called HMD Global. They have released a handful of devices since this partnership was announced and so far they have been really well received by the community. OTA updates with security patches and major version updates are even rolling out to Nokia devices before some of the bigger smartphone OEMs (such as Samsung, LG, and HTC) can get their flagships updated.

While both Nokia and BlackBerry have incredible brand-recognition, we’re seeing these two brands having different levels us success in 2017 with BlackBerry stagnating and Nokia doing rather well for themselves. Data from the IDC shows that BlackBerry was only able to sell 850,000 units during the entirety of 2017 while HMD Global managed to sell 4.4 million devices during the 4th quarter of 2017 alone.


How mobile apps for healthcare help evolve the patient experience

A doctor discusses results with a patient using mobile apps for healthcare

With thousands of apps available to consumers and mobile solutions being used in almost every medical center across the country, mobile health technology is a big industry projected to continue growing over the next few years. Statista reports that the global mobile health market will generate an estimated $28 billion in 2018.

According to The Economist, continued development of mobile health solutions is a major point of emphasis among investors, which have poured more than $6 billion into startup funding in 2017. Mobile apps for healthcare are part of a bright future for the medical industry, but mobile’s history in serving healthcare goes back decades. Here’s a look at important mobile innovations that continue to serve the healthcare industry today.


Pagers have a long history in healthcare. According to Slate, roughly 64 million pagerswere being used in hospitals by 1994, offering the convenience of remote communication that couldn’t be matched by other technologies at that time.

Mobile technology has come a lot way since then, but pagers haven’t been relegated to the dustbin yet. Unlike notifications on smartphones, pagers deliver a message that users can’t ignore, which guarantees that the recipient quickly receives the message. Pagers aren’t perfect, especially when it comes to their security, but they will continue to be used until mobile alternatives can offer similar or superior reliability while also addressing some of the challenges that currently limit the pager system.

Cell phones

Before smartphones were an option, cell phones offered crucial two-way communication that allowed messages and conversations between healthcare professionals outside of the hospital setting. Cell phones gradually replaced pagers in many hospitals, but these also offered their own limitations: Their batteries could run out, delaying the delivery of communications, and service connections were unreliable, especially when cell tower infrastructure was less developed.

Mobile apps for healthcare

With the advent of smartphones came an explosion of mobile apps serving the patient population. These apps provide a wide range of services to give patients better medical information, improve connectivity with medical providers, manage medications and so on. Mobile apps for healthcare professionals also became a viable option, especially when it comes to improving communication between doctors and patients, such as facilitating scheduling, sending out reminders and granting access to lab reports and other medical information.

But these mobile apps face greater challenges when attempting to serve the healthcare industry, due to the additional compliance requirements. There’s a difference between a consumer-oriented health and wellness app available online and a mobile app solution that services the healthcare community. Solutions aspiring to be the latter must provide a valuable service while also adhering to industry regulations.

HIPPA-compliant messaging

Today’s communication comes in many different forms, including text messages, email and app-based notifications. But all of these must meet certain standards to be HIPPA compliant. This compliance includes meeting set security standards that provide a reasonable degree of protection and receiving consent from patients to share private information over these channels.

Whether text messaging via smartphones or using mobile apps to engage with patients, healthcare providers now have options for communicating properly with patients. This improves the quality of care and engagement with patients by allowing them to choose their preferred method of communication.

Mobile tools for physicians

Physicians and healthcare providers are among the biggest proponents of using mobile technology to improve healthcare. From the use of mobile diagnostic tools to tools that improve physician efficiency through smart workflow management, physicians now use mobile solutions to make them better and more efficient in their roles.

These mobile tools represent an ever-expanding set of mobile solutions at the disposal of medical providers, improving patient care and helping institutions reduce healthcare costs. While some industries may find that professionals are averse to embracing new technologies, physicians have typically responded well to mobile solutions: TechTarget reports that 80 percent of doctors use smartphones or tablets at work, while 93 percent of physicians use mobile technology daily in their professional work.

Healthcare wearables

Smart wearables like Fitbit wristbands are popular examples of health and wellness wearables for consumers, but medical institutions are investing heavily into wearables that serve patients in new, innovative ways.

According to Information Week, common wearables already used in healthcare settings include real-time blood pressure monitors, exercise performance and physical fitness, glucose monitors and light therapy technology to help patients with chronic pain. These wearables provide multiple services, supporting patient health and even offering outpatient treatment while collecting data that can be transferred back to the healthcare organization and analyzed to improve care and treatment strategies in the future.

While mobile apps for healthcare are already used on a daily basis, their role is expected to grow steadily over the next few years as startups and developers apply new mobile solutions to longtime healthcare challenges.