The scholarly authors of the piece collaborate their years of expertise in medicine and information technology to discuss how mobile technology can be used to improve outcomes and disease management for individuals with chronic diseases. The research example given takes place within the diabetes department at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Diabetes patients use a cell phone to transmit blood glucose readings to their medical care team. The care team, in turn, reviews the data for any issues or concerns and provides feedback via text messaging to the patient. The text messages can be customized to provide encouragement, medication adjustments, alerts and reminders based on the clinical data provided in real-time. This technology reduces the wait time between clinic visits for lab results and allows physicians to monitor trends between visits to making timely and relevant medication adjustments, More research is needed to pinpoint which patients may have the best outcomes from using this technology and how to incorporate it into a comprehensive care model while controlling cost, but "Mobile technology is a promising platform for improving chronic care because it leverages a technology that most patients already use…" (Shantanu, 2012). This paper discusses the transformation of healthcare technologies over the past decade. Some of theseadvances are related to patient medical records. According to Yasser El-Miedany"An electronic medical record (eMR) includes the standard medical and clinical data gathered in one provider's office. Therefore, an eMR represents the digital version of a paper chart that contains the entire patient's medical history from one practice. An eMR is mostly used by providers for diagnosis and treatment. However, the information stored in eMRs cannot be shared with other providers outside the practice. A patient's medical information might even have to be printed out and delivered by mail to specialists and other members of the care team. In contrast, eHRs go beyond the data collected in the provider's office and include more comprehensive patient information. Therefore, eHRs are designed to contain and share the patients' data from all providers involved in their care. eHR data can be created, managed and consulted by authorized providers and staff from more than one health care organization. Unlike eMRs, eHRs also permit the patients' health record to move with them – to other health care providers, specialists, hospitals, nursing homes and even across geographical regions." (El-Miedany, 2017)The next progression of healthcare technology El-Miedany describes is telehealth, "…the use of information and telecommunication technology to provide patients with health care at a distance". (El-Miedany, 2017). Some of the early adopters of telemedicine are specialists practicing in radiology, dermatology, and electro-cardiology, where digital images are the primary means of diagnosis, whereby not requiring face-to-face interaction with patients.
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