December 14th, 2011 by Cameron Peebles
As we begin to ramp up into 2012, those in management roles for healthcare payers and providers are looking to see what their colleagues are planning to roll out at the beginning of the year. At the third annual mHealth Summit in D.C. last week, some clear trends are becoming very clear.
Read the full article by Michelle McNickle HERE.
1. Apps that track patient activity. Edwards said the ability to track patient data on a phone will have many benefits in the year to come. “How many phone calls they take, where they are, and … their activity level” can be “surefire” indicators of patients’ conditions, he said. “Especially with chronic conditions like diabetes; when there’s a flare-up, it’s integral to know when … it’s like a check-engine light for the body.” On his blog, Edwards explained how apps of this nature can be beneficial for other patient subsets, like autistic children. For example, body sensor technology has been developed to detect and record signs of stress in children, “by measuring slight electrical changes in the skin,” Edwards wrote. “Since autistic children have a difficult time expressing or even understanding their emotions, teachers and caregivers can have a difficult time anticipating and preventing meltdowns.”
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