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Nurses to encourage patients to use health apps

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.”

 

 

 

 

Readers' comments (4)

  • Not everyone has or can afford a smartphone or be able to cope with technology so this perhaps not so good an idea.

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  • "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.2

    Great Ormond Street is a children's hospital. how can young children and babies use this facility?

    For the rest, if that is what the NHS want, and believe they will be saving money by it they will have to issue Smartphones and the abos on prescription.

    For some who can't afford it or the technology it is a no go but maybe for those who want it could be come an option as long as it was used correctly and without abuse.

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  • my BP is my own business and we could all soon be obsessed by our health if everything is going to be controlled by some remote! this could lead to paranoia and other mh problems!

    Mr Lansley should concentrate on managing the government in which he may be a specialist but not healthcare in which he is clearly not!

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  • some nurses might need training in using these apps

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