JUL / AUG 2015
Healthcare Journal of new orleans
from Ochsner can access half a dozen tab-
lets preloaded with several hundred apps
covering everything from fitness and nutri-
tion to diabetes monitoring. Patients can
test these apps out for free. Patterned after
Apple’s Genius Bar, a “genius” behind the
counter will demonstrate how an app works
and how it can be helpful for the patient. The
“genius”will also help the patient download
the app onto their smartphone should they
want to start using it right away.
Patients can also try certain wearable
and telemedical devices, such as a FitBit or
wireless glucometer. Ochsner doesn’t mark
up the apps, and if patients want, the data
generated by the apps can be linked to their
electronic medical records (EMR) to share
with their healthcare providers.
“We wanted to provide a low threshold by
which patients could have their questions
answered, someone could do all the dirty
work for them, and they can set it all up right
then and there and show them how to use it
if they chose to use it,”said Dr. Milani. “Then
they’re off and running.”
Whether patients welcome the apps into
their lifestyle or struggle to operate or find
benefits from the technology, Ochsner has
Richard Milani, MD
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