Simon Bourne, My mhealth App: Patients up to age 91 use our apps daily
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Simon Bourne, CEO of my mhealth, gave a presentation on "Managing diabetes in the digital age: Integrated self-management app" at the Health monitoring: Making sense of sensors conference at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue. The event brought cutting edge medical, health and fitness wearables producers and platforms together with Swiss Re's clients and experts, to examine how wearable technology will impact consumers and insurers.
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"An app that's been our first is MyCOPD, which helps patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease manage their disease. It's responsible for 13% of acute admissions to hospital, we've estimated, with the department of health, a cost saving of between £200,000 and £300,000 in the first year. General practitioners are using our health apps in a variety of ways, they are using it to manage their patient populations, to deliver services to patients to enable them to self-manage more appropriately, and to actually reduce the time they need to spend with patients in face to face education.
What kind of patients use our app? It's mainly patients who are obviously digitally literate, but there's lots of information out there and around about 86% of patients with long term conditions have access to a device and access to the internet that can use our applications. You'll be very surprised, we've got patients up to the age of 91 who use our apps on a daily basis. Our patient's medical issues don't comprise just one disease area, as you get older you tend to accumulate multiple co-morbidities, so we have a switch app function that allows patients with asthma, COPD, diabetes and heart failure to switch between the co-morbidities that they have through a single user log-in. The benefits to the insurance industry are obvious, especially outside of the UK where patients don't have the reliability of a government funded health organization, where the insurers actually give the power to the patients to look after their health and well being, hopefully keeping them fitter, healthier, stronger for longer and reducing mortality."