Friday 24th February 2012
GPs are administering patients with free or cheap health "apps" to monitor their own conditions at home.
The new initiative by the Department of Health (DoH) encourages people to manage their own health more efficiently and gives helpful advice on their particular condition when needed.
With smartphones becoming increasingly popular DoH officials believe that offering this option will not only be beneficial for the patient but for the GP as well.
Already popular applications include a diabetes app and the "patient knows best" function where a person can get all their medical records from clinicians and control who has access to them.
With the NHS Choices website having 14.5 million visitors looking for advice on health and Apple's app store on the brink of reaching 25 billion downloads, officials believe that launching an NHS app would be the next logical step.
Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary, said: "Information about your health is a service, just like the GP surgeries, Walk-in Centres and hospitals that millions of people access every week. With more information at their fingertips, patients can truly be in the driving seat."
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Written by James Puckle