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Patients Press Forward With Health Apps

Fox News reports how one specific app is helping give patients more access to their doctors while Kaiser Health News and WBUR look at how the increase in available apps also raises questions about what works and doesn't.

Fox News: New App Gives Patients More Access To Doctors
Eight minutes: that's the average time a patient spends with his or her doctor during an appointment. And for many, it's just not enough. To battle this ongoing problem, Dr. Gopal Chopra, a neurosurgeon-turned-entrepreneur, developed a free app called PingMD that enables a person to stay in contact with his or her doctor outside of office visits. … Now, hundreds of physicians in numerous specialties are using the app to simplify the communication process. PingMD is especially popular with pediatricians, who deal with lots of questions from new parents (6/19).

Kaiser Health News: Patients Lead The Way As Medicine Grapples With Apps
Health apps such as My Fitness Pal are turning smartphones and tablets into exercise aides, blood pressure monitors and devices that transmit an EKG. And the day is not far off when doctors may be suggesting apps along with prescribing drugs to help patients manage their health. But the explosion of apps is way ahead of tests to determine which ones work (Bebinger, 6/18).

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