Apps Readily Available For Patient Use That Promote Health And Wellness

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Lastly, there are currently “over 15,000” apps readily available for patient use that promote health and wellness (Montgomery, 2014, para 1). The concern exists is that there are no indicators of which apps are reliable and which are not. “In September 2013, the FDA released a statement on the guidance of regulations for mHealth apps. The FDA concluded that the majority of medical apps do not pose a significant health risk to consumers and do not require oversight” (Dicianno, et al., 2015, p. 402). When a patient has health concerns or questions and turns to an app to look up symptoms that they or a loved one is having, they rely on what they read. If the patient has been vomiting and appears to be lethargic, it may indicate a viral infection and that within a few days, if not any better seek medical attention. Unbeknown to the app obviously, the patient had fallen earlier in the day and hit their head, which with these symptoms; they should seek immediate medical treatment. Being a user of the WebMD app, when a symptom has been selected such as chest pain, it provides questions to refine the symptoms and if the user selects pain when taking a deep breath, an alert will pop up instructing them to seek emergency medical attention. Analysis With the new advancements in technology, mHealth has been supported by many physicians and patients. In the health care industry, it can be difficult to obtain an overall view of the patient’s health. How many times has

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