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The Importance of Real-Time Data from Digital Health Apps


An expert explains at HLTH2019.

Real-time data give both patients and physicians an opportunity to intervene early on if something alarming shows up. From vital signs to medication adherence, real-time data can lead to improved patient outcomes and decreased hospitalizations for patients.

At HLTH2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, David Van Sickle, CEO of Propeller Health, a digital health company, further discussed the importance of real-time data from digital health apps.

Editor’s note: This transcription has been lightly edited for style, length and clarity.

David Van Sickle: Real-time data are important in asthma and COPD because things can change so quickly for a patient with one of those conditions. They can be affected by their environment; they could have some kind of a viral infection that causes them to worsen. So, by monitoring the use of the medications that people take to relieve symptoms, we can get a pretty quick vital sign, if you will, of how people are doing and when they're not doing well and need more attention, as well as chronically. We want to understand who's not being optimally or appropriately managed and help them and their physician get them on the right treatment faster and as soon as possible.

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