As reported by Independent a new app may be on its way that will allow patients to record health information such as blood pressure readings, asthma breath tests, and exercise charts. The Personal Health record not only allows patients to monitor their own condition, but also, with patient’s permission, can send the information direct to patient records, allowing doctors to assess their patient’s health between appointments.
So, what does this really mean for the way we manage our own health?
Embracing new and emerging technology that allows patients to gain a better understanding of their current state of health is vital if we are to see improvements in the way we manage healthcare. We know from our own research that people aren’t aware of their health readings and rarely check the state of their health unless there is something wrong – this has to change!
With increasing pressures on our health service we have a responsibility to take control of our own health and this means ensuring we know our numbers and have regular health checks.
But how do we know what we should be monitoring?
We’ve put together a simple health checklist that explains four tests that can help us keep on top of our health.
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