Friday, 19 June 2015

Mount Sinai uses mHealth to pave the way for more robust patient care

Ashish Atreja, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at Mount Sinai, has worked with Mount Sinai's AppLab to develop an app for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In an interview, he described it as a continuous engagement model that can help the hospital's physicians keep a "finger on the pulse" of each patient suffering from IBD--9,000 patients across Mount Sinai's seven hospitals. Mount Sinai has started to apply the IBD app model--a structured approach to symptom tracking that is linked to decision management--to other chronic diseases, such as migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis and heart failure.
In a separate development, an app was created to allow the physicians in the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice to offer consultations using a secure digital connection via smartphones

Patients can schedule a virtual visit and discuss a health problem via mobile device.

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