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hugh mcclung's insight:
As pharmaceutical companies look for ways to cut the massive cost of drug development, the exact amount of which is frequently debated, mobile health tools are becoming an attractive option. The biggest reason? Most people have one — 91 percent of Americans have a cell phone and 56 percent own a smartphone.
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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Executives at Cornerstone Hospice are turning to digital health to help their patient’s stay out of the emergency room when a visit isn’t necessary. Operating in Central Florida, Cornerstone provides care for a patient census of 800 home-based patients. Administrators at Cornerstone found that their patients were frequently calling 911 and ending up in the emergency department for conditions that were not serious enough to warrant the trip. They also found that their patients were far more likely to readmit for their condition than the general public. In an effort to help their hospice patients stay at home, Cornerstone is rolling out iPads to its patients as part of a telehealth strategy that will allow them to speak directly with a nurse 24-hours-a-day with no wait. The iPads will allow patients and nurses to use Face Time to have face-to-face conversations. Nurses will also be able to review data pulled from iPad-connected oxygen saturation readers, a stethoscope, a blood pressure monitor, and a blood glucose monitor. Collectively, this will be enough information for the nurses to advise patients on whether their condition warrants a 911 call or a trip to the ER. The iPads are also equipped with an app called My Talk, an alternative communication device that helps patients who have lost their ability to speak. The app gives the patient a text-to-speech communication tool as well as an image library to ease the burden of communicating. Read more: http://www.scoop.it/t/patient-education
“This week's Quantified Self roundup features a mood tracker, a collaboration to improve wellness tracking, and a mobile ECG coming to the US. HAPItrack. From the makers of HAPIfork, the connected utensil that helps people ...”
Currently there is an explosion of interest in personal digital devices and apps that track an individual’s health data primarily for their own consumption and interpretation. Every week new products are launched that aim to measure something new or bring together a set of measures into a more useful package (e.g. Athos digital clothing that tracks muscle recruitment, heart rate etc). Around these devices is a growing community of early adopters who are testing, experimenting and sharing their experiences. These self-confessed self-tracking geeks refer to this new domain as the Quantified Self Some examples of the types of data being tracked by these Quantified Selfers that are of particular interest to PT include: Activity levels (exercise) – devices generally the record number of steps taken but also can record elevation gained (number of stairs and floors) and even estimate a measure of calories burned. Example devices include the Fitbit, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up,Striiv and Withings Pulse.Body health measures – devices that track a wide variety of health measures such as heart rate, skin temperature, perspiration (e.g. the Basis watch), blood pressure (e.g. the iHealth blood pressure monitor), blood oxygen saturation (e.g. the iHealth Pulse Oximeter), heart ECG trace (e.g. Alivecor), blood sugar (e.g. iBGStar) etc. So why should physical therapists and physiotherapists be paying attention to this trend? - See more at: http://www.physiospot.com/opinion/the-quantified-self-and-the-implications-for-physical-therapy-physiotherapy/
“From record venture capital funding, to unprecedented scientific research behind their creation, mHealth applications finally turned the corner in 2013 as they (2013: A Remarkable Year for mHealth Apps http://t.co/FBFKUOi7rh)...”
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