Partner News | Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 7:00 am
A recently developed cell phone application gives new meaning to the term 'house call.' The program, known as ChronicCareIQ, is an app that helps doctors remotely monitor the care of chronic patients.
"We were one of the first groups to start using it regularly," says Brian Flowers, MD of Birmingham Heart Clinic. "It's very user-friendly and our patients tend to like it."
Essentially a patient chooses a time of day to be contacted, and the app sends an alarm and opens a screen with questions to be answered about their condition. "There are different protocols depending on the indications we're monitoring," Flowers says. "In our case it's heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and hypertension." The program is for patients who have two or more chronic conditions.