By John Carruthers, assistant editor, May 01, 2013
In terms of both reaching out to patients through consumer technology and providing easy-to-understand medical information to patients, Florida cardiologist Ari Sofffer, MD, has broken new ground with his practice's smartphone app. It not only provides patients information on the practice, it also contains pages of patient-centered educational information on vein disease and treatments.
Perhaps the most attention-grabbing aspect of the app is the ability for patients to submit photos directly to the practice through their smartphones. Existing patients are monitored post-treatment this way, and new patients can receive a free consultation by uploading their photos and receiving information on treatment options.
For more on consumer technology in medicine and making diagnoses clear for patients, see this month's pieces "Work smarter" and "Demystifying the diagnosis."