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Health Care? Americans Want An App For That

06/24/13

  05:04:47 pm, by MedBen5   , 206 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Health Care? Americans Want An App For That

With over half of American adults relying on smartphones for everything from mapping trips to buying groceries, it should come as no surprise that many want to use their devices to make health care simpler.

HealthDay News reports that many Americans are already using phone applications to record and organize personal health information – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many companies are designing apps along with specific types of equipment that will enable the user to can help diagnose everything from ear infections and eye diseases to irregular heartbeats and malaria.

And once the smartphone has gathered the information? A recent poll compiled by Harris Interactive/HealthDay reports that more than one-third of respondents said they are “very” or “extremely” interested in using their phone or tablet to ask their medical provider questions, make exam appointments and retrieve test results.

Of course, for such an app to be effective would require your provider to have the proper systems in place, noted Titus Schleyer, who heads the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute. “This poll shows us that the public is interested in using these apps. But the health-care system has to make it easier for them to do it,” he said.

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