“Only 20 percent of the patients who attended cardiac rehab and used the app were readmitted to the hospital or visited the emergency department within 90 days, compared with 60 percent of those in the control group, researchers discovered“
(HatTip: Healarium’s Diane Weiner over in the mHealth group on Linkedin)
The app used here required the Patients to “enter data each day into the program downloaded onto their mobile device” (including blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, minutes of physical activity and dietary habits) which can be quite a dull chore and an inaccurate means of capturing information as it requires a fair bit of mundane effort from Patients (it would be interesting to know how many of the 25 Patients remained adherent to the program) so can you imagine what can be achieved when the medical devices used by Patients can simply upload their data seamlessly so that it can be used intelligently in real time to try and create a more engaging experience that can help to shape and modify their lifestyle choices as and when they’re making them?
Although the research doesn’t divulge the cost of the admissions that the low cost smartphone app is preventing from even a quick glance at the Smartphone Medical it should now be clear that it’s time for Hospitals to modernise their Cardiac Rehabilitation services by:
> Providing cardiac Patients with low cost ECG monitors that can connect via their Smartphones and be supported by interactive Patient History Capturing Questionnaires.
> Contracting with Private Healthcare providers so that Patients can have 24×7 access to documented 3G video consultations with informed Doctors.