WILMINGTON, Del. – With the recent launch of a new asthma app for patients, Nemours Children’s Health System has set in motion a plan to integrate all of its digital offerings into one patient-facing platform over the next year.
“Until now, Nemours’ digital assets existed in their own space,” said Gina Altieri, senior vice president and chief of strategy integration at Nemours Children’s Health System, which serves Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Flordia. “We realized that by integrating them, we could create a seamless, user-friendly experience.”
The health provider’s digital assets include: a Nemours CareConnect telehealth app; a KidsHealth.org website; and an industry-recognized electronic health record.
The Nemours App for Asthma captures data from home monitoring devices like digitally-connected stethoscopes in real-time and shares the information with providers. Patients and their caregivers can use the app to: review video or written instructions for the proper use of home health devices; keep a real-time journal of asthma triggers and symptoms to share with physicians; conduct live telehealth video visits; and review the child’s EHR.
Nemours plans to monitor the care of families using the app to determine how the tool helps patients manage and control their condition compared with traditional care, with an eye toward treating other conditions.
“Right now our focus is on the Nemours App for Asthma, but the vision for diabetes and cardiac-focused apps is similar: use the technology to help families more easily and effectively control their child’s disease,” Altieri said.
Nemours digital health strategy is focused on putting more digital tools into the hands of families who expect it. In addition to the planned chronic condition apps, the provider will also develop a primary care app next year.
“Consumerism is changing everything, including health care,” Altieri said.