mHealth and Data: 88 Percent of Doctors Want Patients to Track Their Health at Home

The WmHealth Infographicall Street Journal reports that fantasy baseball managers have more data to evaluate than patients and referring doctors. Eighty-eight percent of doctors would like to see their patients track their vital health data at home. Now imagine a set of tools designed to help people control and access their health information better than ever before according to AT&T’s CTO John Donovan who announced the development of the “The mHealth Platform” by the AT&T Foundry.

The mHealth Platform is part of an ecosystem AT&T is opening up to developers. “We’re seeing new, unobtrusive devices and applications that can measure your heart beat, blood sugar and weight more frequently than your annual doctor’s visit. But the challenge is that the data they provide can be siloed – individually they might be telling you one thing, but together they might be telling you something that’s more precise,” says Donovan.

The mHealth platform will be geared toward putting patients in control of their health data as well as helping developers create new applications, “Our intent is to empower consumers by helping them securely manage and share access to data from apps and devices that track wellness information, using a highly secure structure,” states Donovan. And that should make a lot of doctors happy.

The AT&T Foundry just opened a third innovation center in the heart of Silicon Valley. The centers are unique spaces built for innovation and collaboration and the projects at the Foundry help developers create new apps, products and services.

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2 Responses to mHealth and Data: 88 Percent of Doctors Want Patients to Track Their Health at Home

  1. dlayphoto September 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    At the request of my Doctor, I’ve started to track my blood pressure at home. I’ve been using the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor for iOS, which is great because it connects my data to Microsoft HealthVault and Cleveland Clinic’s MyChart: http://www.dlayphoto.com/post/10447673263

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