While the jury is still out on the overall effectiveness of current mobile apps (see Mobile Apps Fail First Check-up, But Future Is Bright) one fact is true — mobile health apps provide smartphone users with the opportunity to better track their care, as was reported in the recent post Could a Smartphone Be The Future of Medicine?. So how can apps work to improve communication between patients and caregivers?
With more than 40,000 apps to choose from, consumers have a bevy of options. However, it’s the 17,000+ applications specific to helping to manage chronic disease such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease and stroke that seem to be taking center stage.
The Cambridge, Mass.-based New England Health Institute (NEHI), a national health policy institute, has identified 11 emerging technologies in a report titled “Getting to Value: Eleven Chronic Disease Technologies to Watch” that it believes have the potential to improve care and lower costs for chronic disease patients, especially those in at-risk populations: Read More >