Real-Time Monitoring and Feedback
According to recent Centers of Disease Control and Prevention estimates, 80% of heart disease and strokes and 40% of cancers are preventable through the elimination of risk factors. A key requirement to facilitate the development of management strategies is the identification of actionable risk factors. Mobile health applications, which involve technologies that monitor parameters such as heart rate, body weight, and blood pressure, help integrate these components, which normally would not be brought together, and allow healthcare teams to gather real-time data while the patient is not even in the office.
“All these data allow real-time continuous monitoring and, most importantly, real-time feedback,” says Samir Damani, M.D., PharmD, founder and CEO of MD Revolution. By allowing people to track their activities and increase their awareness of what they are doing, these initiatives help motivate changes in behaviors, such as healthier eating habits or increased exercising. “Mobile health is an enabler to measure, monitor, and motivate,” says Dr. Damani.
MD Revolution has its own software system that helps integrate these mobile components, and shares them not only with the medical team but also with the patient. “One of this model’s strengths, in comparison with traditional healthcare settings, is patient empowerment through mobile technology and genetic information, and this will shift the paradigm from a doctor-centric to a patient-centric model of healthcare, in this country and beyond,” explains Dr. Damani.
Applications that bring genetics and genomics closer to consumers promise to start filling a longstanding gap in public awareness and preventive medicine. These platforms help identify medically actionable information and deliver strategies for prophylaxis, therapy, and surveillance, and their development is foreshadowing a time when consumers and healthcare teams can routinely incorporate personalized genomics into lifestyle decisions.