2017-03-08 21:19:47 UTC

MyGiHealth App Helps You Care for Patients

March 8, 2017

AGA partner MyGiHealth has launched a new version of its patient iOS app and mobile website.

Created by gastroenterologists, MyGiHealth answers questions patients have when first experiencing GI symptoms: is this serious? do I need to see a doctor? The patient iOS app — also available via mobile website — assesses the severity of symptoms, helps patients to decide whether to see a doctor and prepares an automated history to share with their doctor. A study conducted by Cedars Sinai found computer-generated history reports written by MyGiHealth, were more complete, organized and useful than narratives generated by physicians during office visits. You can recommend patients download the app to track their symptoms.

“This is where digital health is at its best, by offering a simple yet compelling way to take better care of patients,” says co-founder Brennan Spiegel, MD, professor of medicine, public health, and digestive diseases, who runs UCLA’s Public Health curriculum on big data science, digital health science, and health analytics, and is also director of health services research for Cedars-Sinai Health System.

“MyGiHealth leverages real-world experiences to bridge the growing gap that separates patients and providers,” says co-founder William D. Chey, MD, professor of medicine, director of the GI Physiology Lab, director of the Digestive Diseases Center for Nutrition & Lifestyle, and co-director of the Michigan Bowel Control Program at the University of Michigan.

The core technology is based upon 5 years of research conducted by teams at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the University of Michigan, and UCLA, is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is published in peer-reviewed literature.

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