CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATIVES
ANCHOR LEAD: DO ELECTRONIC TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS IMPROVE CONSUMER HEALTH? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Electronic tools and applications to help people manage their own health abound, but do they really help, or may they even negatively impact health? That question was addressed by a Johns Hopkins study for the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality led by Michael Christopher Gibbons.
GIBBONS: One of the interesting findings is that we’re not just saying that these tools are essentially going to replace providers and doctors one day but interestingly for some of the studies that made the comparison we found that those providers who had patients who were using these tools, their outcomes were better than the same providers working with patients who didn’t use these tools so there’s an added benefit as well as a component where sometimes you may not need a direct provider. :32
Gibbons says that some assessment of the impact of these tools is critical since their use has increased exponentially and will likely continue to do so. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.