The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently ran an article detailing the future of health apps and how they can be used to monitor patients and reduce post-treatment complications. One of the examples journalist Guy Boulton highlighted in the article was the work Dr. K. Craig Kent and his team are doing to develop a smartphone app that would assist in early detection of wound complications and surgical site infections. The app is currently in development, but the program would let patients take photos of their wounds or surgical sites each day and answer questions about their health. Those entries would then be transferred to the patient’s health chart where a nurse could review them.
Other apps detailed in the article range from a weight monitoring system for patients with congestive heart failure to a program that tracks patients’ steps after knee or related surgeries to ensure they are keeping up with physical therapy.