The smartphone revolution is set to be used to safeguard the nation’s wellbeing after the government unveiled plans in which healthcare professionals will encourage patients to use the latest apps to keep an eye on their health.
A shortlist of tools which could be recommended by GPs to patients is to be compiled from an event showcasing the best new and existing phone apps.
It is thought target groups who could be asked to use apps are diabetes patients, those with high blood pressure and people who suffer from post-traumatic stress.
An existing app which is already used in Great Ormond Street is Patients Know Best, which allows people to have access to all of their medical records and also controls who else can look at them.
People with diabetes will also be able to benefit from a new app which will issue reminders on taking medication and performing blood sugar level tests. The information can then be sent via electronic format to the surgery.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “So many people use apps every day to keep up with their friends, with the news, find out when the next bus will turn up or which train to catch.
“I want to make using apps to track blood pressure, to find the nearest source of support when you need it and to get practical help in staying healthy the norm.
“With more information at their fingertips, patients can truly be in the driving seat.”