Could your smartphone save your life? The Wall Street Journal reports hospitals and other healthcare providers are now developing apps to enable patients to improve their overall health, adhere to inter-visit schedules and regimens, reduce overall costs, and track data more effectively.
One such app, Breast Cancer Ally—developed with feedback from the specialists University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and their patients—aids patients in managing their care from diagnosis through treatment. The app reminds post-surgery patients to exercise to regain strength as well as provides diagrams on how to complete those exercises correctly. It also enables patients to track side effects, provides instruction on how to manage those side effects, and gives advice on when to call healthcare providers. Michael Sabel, an associate professor of surgery and chief of surgical oncology at University of Michigan Health System, elaborates:
“We want to provide apps that enhance physician-patient communication and help the patients do the things we recommend, but don’t always provide a lot of support for.”