Patient empowerment with the use of apps
Health care costs are constantly rising and there is no foreseeable end for that in the future. Besides that the community is getting older and a shortage in health professionals becomes apparent. Nowadays one doctor has to treat a high number of patients per day which leaves him little time to invest on a single patient. It seems that this will not change in the near future. A solution to this problem should be to empower patients and let them to some extent diagnose themselves.
As almost all patients have online access, the retrieval of information about a certain problem should not be a problem. The use of tablets and smartphones enables patients having all information inside their pockets. Therefore a system should be provided which is easy to use and applicable to tablets. Patients should be able to administer their vital data such as blood pressure, heart rate, weight etc. Measurements should be performed on a daily basis. The device should have several interfaces connected to medical devices such as a scale or a blood pressure meter. Furthermore the patient could also give additional information on their health status. For example a patient could give information about recent injuries or diseases suffered from their ancestors. After all data was gathered by the system a statistical analysis should be performed which would result in a set of links to the internet where people would get information about a disease or medical condition they are suffering from. Furthermore all captured data would be sent to a database which is connected to a health professional who always has access to the patients data. If some vital parameters might be critical a health professional would be alarmed.
In conclusion, this tablet app could empower patients to inform themselves about their health status and have a good overview about their current health condition. Moreover it would take pressure away from health professionals who could invest more time on a patient who visits him in his or her practice.