Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How patients are leading the way with using medical apps

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One of the most popular topics in today's ePharma landscape is the use of Apps to improve health. NPR recently took a look at how patients are driving the need and desire for apps and often sharing with their doctors how they're using them, and often times, it's improving their health because of proper use. The patients with diabetes are seeing a lot of benefit, as they're using a device they already use on an hourly basis to help monitor their blood sugar. We already know that the FDA is working to regulate the apps that turn the phone into a medical device and will leave it to the consumer as to what they think is best for diet and exercise health apps.

At the end of the segment, a very interesting question is asked.  If a consistent stream of important information - such as blood sugar levels and glucose levels - should this be included in the  health records of patients?  Who will be in charge of adding this to the patient records?  What ultimate benefit will apps like these have?

Patients are using mobile devices to monitor their health, and the piece featured at NPR shows that this is here to stay.  This September at ePharma Summit West, Monique Levy, the Vice President, Research, Manhattan Research will be on hand to present Understand the True Use of Smartphones and Tablets in the Care Continuum which will examine how patients use their SmartPhones, was the information can be shared to EHRs and how patients and physicians are actually using the devices.  For more information on Monique's presentation and the rest of the agenda, download it here.  If you'd like to join us this September 16-18 in Downtown San Francisco, as  a reader of this blog when you register to join us and mention code XP1856BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate!
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