Until recently, living with a chronic medical condition meant relying solely on family, doctors, and the people in your immediate area. And in many situations, due to schedule availability or location, patients just were not getting the care they needed when they actually needed it.
However, with the advent of the iPad and iPhone, care and support become more accessible every minute. Dr. Daniel Hommes and a large team of doctors at University of California Los Angeles are utilizing iDevises to vastly improve the lives of patients living with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis. By using the devises to communicate with their patients, UCLA doctors can monitor if a condition worsens on a day-to-day basis. Dr. Daniel Hommes, commented, “using a tablet like an iPad helps us to reach out and interact with patients during their daily lives and routines so we can intervene early, if needed...We want patients to feel that carrying the iPad is like having a doctor in your back pocket."
Utilizing this technology allows doctors to make more informed decisions, properly regulate medication, and help a patient to avoid redundant (and expensive) medical visits while still retaining contact.
In addition to facilitating better communication between doctors and patients, iPhones and iPads are being used to manage autism and diabetes directly. With apps designed specifically to strengthen communication in a child with autism and manage exercise, carb counting, blood sugar regulation, and medication adherence.
iPads are more than just a means for entertainment; instead they can be utilized as effective coping tools that patients living with chronic conditions can use to better manage their medical condition. From the management of one’s blood sugar to helping a child with autism learn to communicate more effectively, iPads and iPhones can greatly improve the lives of people looking for diabetes, Crohn’s, and autism support.