The development of apps for popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android are beginning to break the boundaries of simple lifestyle-related uses. Now, the biotech and medical sectors are leveraging apps to improve health as well. Last month, BioNews Texas highlighted an exciting, new app that helps patients manage COPD, and avoid risky environments where air quality is poor. Now, a new app, which was originally conceived by a researcher in Texas, is designed to manage care for stroke patients.
The app concept is actually part of a new study, which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in April. The crux of the smartphone app would be to help people receive improved stroke treatment by streamlining physicians’ managed care for their acute stroke patients. Claude Nguyen, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, developed the initial idea for the app when he was serving as a stroke fellow at the University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center at Houston.
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Nguyen explains that, “Those who treat acute stroke patients often need to accomplish many tasks simultaneously. Not only do we need to deliver acute therapies such as intravenous tPA both safely and expeditiously, but also evaluate them for clinical trials, and mobilize appropriate resources toward these goals.”
The idea of the app is to give physicians a direct portal to their patients, providing them with real-time updates that will improve quality and communication, which could positively impact patient compliance with treatment. Interestingly, the app will also serve as a portal to new clinical trials related to store treatments that are coming through the research pipeline.
While the app is still in its development phase, the technology is presently being used by physicians, nurses, and research support staff at UTHealth.
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