Swipe Here to Improve Your eHealth

ehealthDr. Kendall Ho is an emergency room physician at Vancouver General Hospital and he’s swapping his scalpel for his smartphone to lead BC’s eHealth Strategy Office.

The eHealth Strategy Office carries out research, community engagement and educational activities to explore how modern information and communication technologies such as smartphones, can improve health care. One area of focus is smartphone health apps.

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To help you find the right app, Dr. Ho has launched the “Health-e-Apps” project in hopes that smartphone users will try new health apps. Dr. Ho has also created a series of video clips where various health and wellness apps will be reviewed by a medical doctor.

From the Health-e-Apps website:

“With more than 40,000 mobile health and wellness apps for your smart phone at your fingertips, knowing which one to download can be a challenge. Many apps out there lack clinical evidence. You already trust your doctor to give you evidence-based health advice, so why not trust a doctor to tell you what health app is right for you?”

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During their exploration of digital technologies, the eHealth Office has embraced social media sites like Twitter and YouTube to crowdsource feedback and get suggestions from its users on their favourite apps.

“We are looking at introducing these apps on a regular basis so that we have a video, a short video, one-and-a-half to two minutes or so, just to quickly introduce that app and how it can be used,” said Ho. “We really want the readers and people who go there to actually look at the app, try it and let me know, let us know, how that app is helping you. This way we can learn together on how to best use these apps.”

With this project well underway, Dr. Ho has already selected a few apps for us to try; one is the Sleep Time App, by Azumio. This app eliminates the blaring alarm clock that shocks you out of a deep sleep. Instead, the app monitors your sleep and nudges you out of your dream world before it’s time to wake up. You leave your phone by your pillow and the app detects your body movements, from light sleep to when you are dreaming and only your eyeballs are moving.

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We do love our smartphone apps here at Iridia, whether it’s to control our computers, check our email, or meet on the fly, they are tools we can’t live without. It will be interesting to see what Dr. Ho brings us on the health app front and how we can incorporate them into our daily lives.

Do you have any health apps that you can’t live without? Let Dr. Ho and his team know on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eHealthStrategy