APPS FOR YOUR PATIENTS There are a host of apps that doctors can use in collaboration with their patients, some good and some not so good. Here’s a quick look at some of the consumer-focused apps that doctors might recommend to patients for basic and in-depth use in helping to manage their own healthcare.
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Emergency ID Medical jewellery distributor Emergency ID Australia has released an app for Android and iOS that shows a user’s critical medical details as wallpaper on the locked screen of their mobile phones. The app allows users to display urgent information such as allergies and emergency contact details on the screen for easy access by paramedics, emergency services personnel and healthcare professionals. Many people with health issues store their “in case of emergency” (ICE) details on their phones, but these are not much use when the phone is password protected and the user is unconscious. The Emergency ID app is also aimed at people with severe allergies to foods or medicines, existing medical conditions like epilepsy or heart disease, and for those with dementia. In addition to displaying an emergency contact or medical condition alert on the screen, the app allows patients to store and save more detailed medical information inside the app for their own records, and to share them with doctors and healthcare professionals. Patients can list current medical conditions, allergies and reactions, history
of procedures, doctor’s details, where records are kept, insurance, medications and dosages, and emergency contact details in the app. It is is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play for $3. www.emergencyid.com.au
My Child’s eHealth Record Launched in June and only to be used in conjunction with an existing PCEHR, NEHTA’s My Child’s eHealth Record app is based on an app designed by Deloitte and NSW Health as part of the Greater Western Sydney Wave 2 project, which has created an electronic version of the Blue Book for newborns. Available for iPhones and Android smartphones, the app allows parents to enter information such as immunisations, growth parameters and developmental milestones. It is only available for NSW users at the moment, as is the new Child Development section added to the PCEHR. While it doesn’t replace the Blue Book or its equivalents, it can contain the information normally found in the paper Blue Book, which parents normally wouldn’t carry around with them. The app includes real-time growth charts,
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