Smartphones offer a novel way to identify medications via their built in camera, outpacing traditional methods relying on user input of pill characteristics.
Author Archive | Timothy Aungst, PharmD
It is not often that I come across an app that I feel can impact me or my family directly, but companies are now reaching out to engage patient communities through mobile technology that I think will affect everyone one day.
A recent survey of 2,000 adults by the Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found that many patients would share their personal data with insurers for rewards. This includes data regarding their lifestyles and medical tests (e.g. blood pressure, genetic tests) they undergo. In recognition for their endeavors for better personal health management, they would want lower premiums […]
Epocrates recently released Bugs + Drugs app aggregates sensitivities of pathogens in the community and then helps the user understand what treatments are viable. However, as seen in our review, there are significant flaws that preclude to its clinical use at this time.
The next step in smartphone evolution is at hand with modular phone development. While a customizable phone may be beneficial for many users, it may have large implications in healthcare.
After spending several months with the new Nexus 7, I have found it to be an improvement over the original and has replaced my iPad on daily activities. However, I still use my iPad for clinical duties due to the greater availability of medical apps.
With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the upcoming Fitbit Force, the smartwatch war for your health has begun.
While there are plenty of medication adherence apps on the market, the issue of addressing the multiple forms of nonadherence are complicated. Developers need to address the multiple causes of nonadherence and work with clinicians and patients in developing apps to suit their needs for sustainable outcomes.
Well, the US Government shutdown is upon us, and has caused quite a stir in the news. Aside from the political mess currently ongoing, the shutdown has closed down some popular tourist destinations and furloughed multiple Federal workers. However, does the shutdown impact the medical field or ongoing research? Tentatively, at this current time it […]
Plagiarism is an all to frequent occurrence on the app store. Recently, three doctors stand accused of plagiarizing a popular textbook and face charges that may lead to losing their medical licenses.
A new comer on the market that is creating some buzz is MedSnap. The company brings a novel product that is capable of identifying medications with the camera equipped on the iPhone. As a pharmacist, I have readily been amazed at this product and the ramifications it could pose in care and its uses by […]
Mobile technology offers the opportunity to assess patients in the home environment and reduce costs and overhead by linking data attained from daily measurements with clinical assessment.