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Smartphone applications with sensors used in a tertiary hospital-current status and future challenges.

Park YR, Lee Y, Lee G, Lee JH, Shin SY - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: In addition, several healthcare apps have received FDA clearance.However, in spite of their potential, healthcare apps with smartphone-based sensors are mostly used outside of hospitals and have not been widely adopted for patient care in hospitals until recently.By analyzing the usage patterns of these apps for data entry with sensors, the current limitations of smartphone-based sensors in a clinical setting, hurdles against adoption in the medical center, benefits of smartphone-based sensors and potential future research directions could be evaluated.

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Affiliation: Clinical Research Center, Asan Medical Center, Seoul 138-736, Korea. yurang.park@amc.seoul.kr.

ABSTRACT
Smartphones have been widely used recently to monitor heart rate and activity, since they have the necessary processing power, non-invasive and cost-effective sensors, and wireless communication capabilities. Consequently, healthcare applications (apps) using smartphone-based sensors have been highlighted for non-invasive physiological monitoring. In addition, several healthcare apps have received FDA clearance. However, in spite of their potential, healthcare apps with smartphone-based sensors are mostly used outside of hospitals and have not been widely adopted for patient care in hospitals until recently. In this paper, we describe the experience of using smartphone apps with sensors in a large medical center in Korea. Among >20 apps developed in our medical center, four were extensively analyzed ("My Cancer Diary", "Point-of-Care HIV Check", "Blood Culture" and "mAMIS"), since they use smartphone-based sensors such as the camera and barcode reader to enter data into the electronic health record system. By analyzing the usage patterns of these apps for data entry with sensors, the current limitations of smartphone-based sensors in a clinical setting, hurdles against adoption in the medical center, benefits of smartphone-based sensors and potential future research directions could be evaluated.

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“Blood Culture” application. (A) Barcode reading menu; (B) Barcode reading phase; (C) Reading results and entering additional data such as the sample site and volume; (D) Saving data. In this figure, pseudonymized ID and patient name were used.
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sensors-15-09854-f003: “Blood Culture” application. (A) Barcode reading menu; (B) Barcode reading phase; (C) Reading results and entering additional data such as the sample site and volume; (D) Saving data. In this figure, pseudonymized ID and patient name were used.

Mentions: When physicians sample a patient’s blood for blood culture examination, they should sample the blood two or more times with a time gap between measurements [21]. The “Blood Culture” app was implemented to guide and alarm at the proper method and time to sample blood for culture. This app identifies the patient’s barcode using the smartphone camera and creates a timestamp for the blood culture [22]. Users must login to this app using a hospital staff ID and scan the patient and sample barcodes at each step (Figure 3A,B).


Smartphone applications with sensors used in a tertiary hospital-current status and future challenges.

Park YR, Lee Y, Lee G, Lee JH, Shin SY - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

“Blood Culture” application. (A) Barcode reading menu; (B) Barcode reading phase; (C) Reading results and entering additional data such as the sample site and volume; (D) Saving data. In this figure, pseudonymized ID and patient name were used.
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sensors-15-09854-f003: “Blood Culture” application. (A) Barcode reading menu; (B) Barcode reading phase; (C) Reading results and entering additional data such as the sample site and volume; (D) Saving data. In this figure, pseudonymized ID and patient name were used.
Mentions: When physicians sample a patient’s blood for blood culture examination, they should sample the blood two or more times with a time gap between measurements [21]. The “Blood Culture” app was implemented to guide and alarm at the proper method and time to sample blood for culture. This app identifies the patient’s barcode using the smartphone camera and creates a timestamp for the blood culture [22]. Users must login to this app using a hospital staff ID and scan the patient and sample barcodes at each step (Figure 3A,B).

Bottom Line: In addition, several healthcare apps have received FDA clearance.However, in spite of their potential, healthcare apps with smartphone-based sensors are mostly used outside of hospitals and have not been widely adopted for patient care in hospitals until recently.By analyzing the usage patterns of these apps for data entry with sensors, the current limitations of smartphone-based sensors in a clinical setting, hurdles against adoption in the medical center, benefits of smartphone-based sensors and potential future research directions could be evaluated.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Clinical Research Center, Asan Medical Center, Seoul 138-736, Korea. yurang.park@amc.seoul.kr.

ABSTRACT
Smartphones have been widely used recently to monitor heart rate and activity, since they have the necessary processing power, non-invasive and cost-effective sensors, and wireless communication capabilities. Consequently, healthcare applications (apps) using smartphone-based sensors have been highlighted for non-invasive physiological monitoring. In addition, several healthcare apps have received FDA clearance. However, in spite of their potential, healthcare apps with smartphone-based sensors are mostly used outside of hospitals and have not been widely adopted for patient care in hospitals until recently. In this paper, we describe the experience of using smartphone apps with sensors in a large medical center in Korea. Among >20 apps developed in our medical center, four were extensively analyzed ("My Cancer Diary", "Point-of-Care HIV Check", "Blood Culture" and "mAMIS"), since they use smartphone-based sensors such as the camera and barcode reader to enter data into the electronic health record system. By analyzing the usage patterns of these apps for data entry with sensors, the current limitations of smartphone-based sensors in a clinical setting, hurdles against adoption in the medical center, benefits of smartphone-based sensors and potential future research directions could be evaluated.

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