I have been open with most people that know me about some anxiety issues I have had over the last 5 years or so. It doesn’t bother me to talk about it, because it is true and I don’t see any reason to withhold that information when it actually helps people understand me at times when they otherwise might not. Luckily, I have not dealt with depression which seems to be common with those who have anxiety. So, I took a special interest in an article I found today regarding an app called Kip, which is used by therapists to review data collected with an app by their patients. I think this is an excellent medical use of technology and I hope to see much more of these types of apps in the future.
Kip allows the patient to provide constant feedback about their progress with goals for cognitive behavioral therapy, CBT, and other types of therapies. The app also has a feature where it asks the patient daily to rate their overall mood. Most times, our therapists do not get an update on our progress until our next regularly scheduled visit, which might be months apart. Not only does this provide great information to the practitioners, it also assists the patients who are more aware of their own progress due to interacting with the app. The article below mentions that most mental health processes are not linear in nature, but the app can help to provide an idea of how successful the therapy is for the patient.
While I am on the subject of health technology, I want to mention another app that I came across months ago. That is Dr On Demand. This app actually connects you with licensed physicians who use video chat, along with your personal medical implements such as thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, etc to diagnose you. Now, I know what you are thinking. How can this be useful, and why would any doctor put their credentials on the line with something like this? I totally understand. I feel the same way, but I have used the service, and I have to say that there are a few times when I think this is a viable option. For instance, if you have people in the house with a diagnosed issue, such as the flu or strep, then why leave your house when others start showing symptoms if there is an app where doctor’s can make that determination and prescribe the needed meds. That is correct. The doctors are able to call in prescriptions for you as well. However, you should check out their site, with the link below, and see the limited cases where they deem themselves valuable.
I am also a fan of wearable health technology, and I am looking forward to more innovation in that area as well. I understand, from some personal research, that the Apple Watch series 1, which is the model I have, contains the hardware to provide blood pressure monitoring. It is not enabled and there is no software to make use of it at this time, but I like that the thought was there to include this hardware. It may never see the light of day, of course, which is frustrating. I would like the watch to provide O2 saturation as well as blood pressure readings along with the current heart rate measurements. I had the FitBit Charge for a while, and I really liked the FitBit software, which is so much better than Apple’s Health app. The Health app can do so many things, but basic exercise monitoring and health information is not displayed well at all. Please share your thoughts on this along with the other topics discussed and visit the links below for more information.