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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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Frequency of usage in mAMIS app by month.
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Mentions: The mAMIS app was released to all physicians and nurses (5688 persons) in our hospital. Among them, 3004 persons used mAMIS. After the release of the upgraded mAMIS, the Touch ID login was used 3856 times during seven months. The usual ID/PW logins were used 250,129 times for the same period. Only 1.54% of logins on average used the Touch ID sensors. The rate looks still quite low compared to the ID/PW method. However, if we consider that only 38 users (1.3%) among total 3004 mAMIS users used Touch ID to login, the ratio seems to be reasonable. Interestingly, the usage pattern in Figure 9 steadily increased unlike those of the other apps analyzed. This implies that if mobile sensors can guarantee convenience or a workload reduction, users will voluntarily use mobile sensors.


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)

Frequency of usage in mAMIS app by month.
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sensors-15-09854-f009: Frequency of usage in mAMIS app by month.
Mentions: The mAMIS app was released to all physicians and nurses (5688 persons) in our hospital. Among them, 3004 persons used mAMIS. After the release of the upgraded mAMIS, the Touch ID login was used 3856 times during seven months. The usual ID/PW logins were used 250,129 times for the same period. Only 1.54% of logins on average used the Touch ID sensors. The rate looks still quite low compared to the ID/PW method. However, if we consider that only 38 users (1.3%) among total 3004 mAMIS users used Touch ID to login, the ratio seems to be reasonable. Interestingly, the usage pattern in Figure 9 steadily increased unlike those of the other apps analyzed. This implies that if mobile sensors can guarantee convenience or a workload reduction, users will voluntarily use mobile sensors.

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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