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ANCHOR LEAD: MORE AND MORE ELECTRONIC TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS ARE REACHING OUT TO CONSUMERS TO HELP MANAGE HEALTH ISSUES.  WHICH ONES WORK?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Chances are good you or someone you know uses an electronic device or application to manage their blood pressure, find out whether they’re a healthy weight, or keep diabetes under control.  What makes such tools successful and helpful?  Michael Christopher Gibbons, an expert in consumer health informatics at Johns Hopkins, talks about results from a recent study assessing these tools.

GIBBONS:  In those things that tend to be successful they involve three components: personalization, so it’s not just you looking at a website to see what people with breast cancer have, it’s Mary Jane, this is your risk, tailoring is even more than just using your name its giving you information based on specific information about you and then providing regular, appropriate ongoing feedback to the patient about their progress toward their goal.          :32

So if you’re thinking of enlisting electronic help to manage your health, tools with these characteristics may be best.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.



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