Managing hemophilia: the role of mobile technology
Kate Khair,1 Mike Holland2
1Haemophilia Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, 2Haemnet Ltd, London, UK
Abstract: The ubiquity of mobile technology offers the potential for instantaneous and two-way transfer of information, as well as the potential for improving medical care delivery and extending it to those in countries and regions with a less developed medical infrastructure. This review considers the role of mobile health (mHealth) technology in managing hemophilia. This is a disease area in which good record-keeping is an essential component of home-based hemophilia care. Health care professionals contribute patients' data to national registries and databases and frequently interrogate those data for commercial and academic purposes. Only rarely are the data used to directly improve the care of the individual patient. Patient-focused apps designed to respond to an individual's personal data may offer the potential to empower patients to live healthier lifestyles, reinforcing the care provided by health care professionals and offering a mechanism for peer-support and promoting adherence to an individualized management plan.
Keywords: mHealth, hemophilia, peer-support, adherence