As millions turn to smartphones for health and fitness monitoring apps and devices, Kate Warriner is among the first to bridge-the-gap by bringing health information on her iPhone and her medical records together for treatment.
She does this by using the stored data results of “peak flow” lung tests in her EMIS Group Personal Health Record (PHR), which is accessed through a Patient Access app. When she authorizes her doctor to view her GP medical records, he can make a more informed decision about the strength of medication she needs and issues a prescription.
“I record my peak flows on my iPhone and share that information with my GP,” says Kate, in her early 30’s living in Liverpool England. “I have a rescue prescription which I initiate as part of my self-management of my condition, depending on my signs and symptoms, including my peak flow readings. If I need to initiate my rescue medication, it’s really easy for me to email my GP and share my peak flow information in my PHR.”
“It means he has a complete record of my readings alongside my GP medical history and can prescribe me further medication as I need it to manage my condition effectively. Using my PHR also makes it easier for me to manage my condition on a daily basis, helping me to identify things that trigger an episode, such as weather conditions, allergies, or certain times of the year.”
“I was diagnosed with asthma in my late teens and have a plan in place to recognize the triggers and signs when my condition needs some intervention,” adds Kate, a keen musician who plays flute and saxophone.
Dr. Bapi Biswas, Kate’s doctor, said: “The power and the timing of the release of the PHR will improve efficiency in health and social care. Importantly it will allow patients to become partners in their care.”
Dr. Shaun O’Hanlon, Chief Medical Officer at EMIS Group, said: “Many millions of people are using smartphone apps and medical devices to record health and fitness data but few have yet to bridge the gap to the clinicians caring for them.”
“This could prove invaluable in helping patients to take a more active role in managing their own health.”
Read Article (Staff | patient.info | 04/16/2015)
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