Thursday, July 24, 2014
For Jonathan Ware, M.D., the best mHealth app is the one in his pocket.
The medical director of population health management at Florida's Orlando Health carries PT Pal around with him on his iPhone. The physical therapy app, which is also available for Android devices, can be used by patients on their own or in concert with their physical therapists.
Ware's job responsibilities at the nonprofit healthcare system, in addition to hospitalist rounds and managing four accountable care organizations, includes introducing new medical devices and programs into various departments. After using PT Pal himself, he's getting it into the hands of his physicians and physical therapists.
But like many busy people currently rehabbing an injury, Ware doesn't have a lot of free time to go to PT. So he's using PT Pal to rehab -- often on work time during short breaks -- a twisted left ankle he suffered in April rushing down a flight of hospital stairs.