Medical Apps: Beyond Health Trackers

People of all ages and backgrounds have begun taking more proactive role with monitoring their health and wellness in recent years. From fitness trackers to mobile health applications (apps), our society is steadily adopting and incorporating a wide range of mobile technologies into daily life. There are currently thousands of mobile health apps focused on physical fitness or training, self-measuring and monitoring (blood glucose or pregnancy trackers), and nutritioninformation. There are also apps that focus on the medical side of healthcare. Physicians are using apps for assistance withidentifying potential health problems, disease management, and drug administration. Additionally, patients and physicians together are using apps to streamline and allow instant access to medical records. Medical apps are also being brought directly into the operating room and being incorporated into every aspect of a surgical procedure.

Surgery: Pre-Op and Post-Op

In efforts to reduce improper pre-op preparation and missed appointments (the two leading causes for surgery cancellations according to the National Institutes of Health), many physicians recommend pre-op surgery apps. These apps can provide a variety of easily accessible resources and instructions, from packing lists to custom alerts and messages the night before and the morning of surgery. Physicians also recommend several post-op surgery apps, which can include everything from physical therapy, food, drink, exercise, and medication reminders; contact information for various aftercare needs; and what to expect in the first 24 hours. By sending these reminders directly to patients smartphones and devices, they can receive the information at the appropriate times. This improves compliance and outcome while reducing surgery cancellations, postponements, and hospital readmissions.

During Surgery: Electronic Access to Surgical Events (EASE)

While patients have thousands of choices for daily health apps and for apps which cater to you before and after hospital visits, there is only one app that focuses on updates during surgical procedures, ICU, NICI and medical floor stays—EASE.

  • Patient:After following a simple registration process, the patient simply selects from their contacts who they would like to share updates with and a pre-made text invitation is sent to them with instructions. Patients are also granted a unique access code which will be scanned by their healthcare professional.
  • Family Members:Family members and loved ones simply download the free EASE app from either the App or Google Play store  to their own mobile device. Then they will receive 256-bit encrypted, HIPAA and HITECH regulated text, photo, and video updates which will disappear after a 60 second view time with nothing saved on their device.
  • Hospital Staff:A designated member of the hospital or clinic’s staff will simply scan the patient’s medical bracelet and then enter an update into the app, which will automatically be sent to everyone on the patient’s contact list.

EASE: Easy to Use App Provides Peace of Mind

Mobile health technologies and medical apps are increasing in popularity and transforming the face of healthcare, including surgeries. The EASE app provides updates to a patient’s family and friends during a surgery, allowing them to feel as if they’ve never left their loved one’s side. For more information, visit our websiteto see how EASE works,our FAQs, customer stories,and more.

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