When mHealth apps access more than just patient-entered data in a mobile device, the mix could provide deeper, more powerful clinical data analytics.Mobile apps such as Daily Carb, Glucose Buddy, SkinKeeper, Pregnancy Tracker and Fitbit have been popular in the consumer market. These apps are making a difference in patient health, empowering the self-tracking of important health-specific, dietary and fitness data.Healthcare professionals also are seeing the potential that mHealth apps have in helping patients improve outcomes. Currently apps are designed to specifically capture a limited number of data elements. Patients enter the data points manually, or they are captured through a sensory device such as a glucose level reader. But how far can data mining, social media and patient engagement push the clinical relationship?
An emerging generation of mHealth apps is using more than just patient-entered data to monitor health. For example, Ginger.io collects and analyzes hidden data such as messaging logs onboard a mobile device to help better understand patients. The company's website explains that the concept is to mine iOS or Android data to monitor user behavior and identify changes to the user's health -- information that can be pushed to a healthcare provider who might need to step in.There is clearly a significant amount of data analysis and calculation happening in the background of such an app. Enabling these processes requires review of the data to identify any discrepancies. In conjunction with that, the app prompts users with a survey to capture specific data points.Having sensory data and other insights -- such as mood and mental state -- can provide a wealth of information for data scientists.This approach may prove to be a much more comprehensive one.By monitoring active and passive patient data on a daily basis, both patients and providers can discover significant changes in behaviors and create much closer relationships. Furthermore, it's likely that social media sites could end up becoming a valid data source for monitoring an individual's activities and moods.
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As the healthcare industry evolves, physicians find themselves with less and less time to spend with patients. As a result, voice-enabled mHealth apps, such as AskMD and Sense.ly, are emerging to empower patients and enable them to take a more active role in their own health and well-being.The latest estimates suggest that new physicians only have about eight minutes to spend with each patient. Today, much of their time is being devoted to “punching below their weight.” In other words, while time focused on patient care wanes, resources and efforts devoted to things like paperwork (albeit digital paperwork) are on the rise as physicians are forced to shoulder growing regulatory demands while also driving toward the creation of a“learning” healthcare system.
Intelligent systems have the ability to not only interact on a human level, but also understand and reason to deliver a desired outcome – such as finding and instantly playing a movie or, from a more clinical perspective, giving physicians easy access to data locked within the electronic health record (EHR).Helping physicians make the most of their time with the patientFor physicians, intelligent systems come in the form of natural, conversational and intuitive technologies that break down IT barriers that sit between the physician and the patient – getting technology to work for doctors, rather than against them. Intelligent systems help doctors address ever-changing technological shifts in order to get them back to the bedside practicing the art of medicine, despite increased demands on their time and resources.Giving patients the tools to more actively engage in proactive careIn addition to streamlining administrative duties and easing the burden of the shift to digital care for physicians, we need patients to become more engaged in order to truly increase the value of care and drive down costs. A critical component to empowering patients is arming them with intelligent systems of their own that allow them to access information on-the-go in order to gain initial insights on symptoms and care treatments so that they can make the most of the eight minutes with their physician.more at http://whatsnext.nuance.com/2014-year-empowered-patientand-physician/
“ Allowing patients access to physicians' electronic notes is becoming more popular, and is influencing the content of the notes themselves, according to a new op-ed article in the New England Journal of Medicine.”
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