A new Internet of Things Approach to Monitoring a Patients Health

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a new online tool to help clinicians monitor or avoid preventable harm from a patients inherent risk for certain diseases such as pain rheumatoid arthritis recurrent sinus infections or viral or bacterial pneumonia.

The tool called A-DTS Integrated Digital Risk System-should be used by clinicians who care for people with these types of chronic conditions said Alan S. Siegel M. D. the studys senior author and professor of medicine.

The tool which he hopes the public can use in its entirety will be included in Turbulent Disease-Related Comorbidities: At-Home Alternatives and Partner Care (TDCA) a published online-only journal from the American Medical Association (M. D. pharmacy). co-authored with Christina Danze Ph. D. of the UIC Benjamin College of Pharmacy and an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine it will first be available in its entirety via an interactive web-tool addressed to the community leading to recommendations to help clinicians.

This technology can be used by people with chronic conditions because its completely free and they dont require a prescription said Siegel. The health system provides a Digital tool for clinicians to monitor a patients health.

The tool requires no software and is built using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) a standard web-based programming language which means that it should have a similar ease of use to existing medical management tools for patients without extensive training. The new tool has been conceptualized and designed by a research consortium the Collaborating Concepts Projects (CCP) Network that was formed in 2017. The authors of the study wrote the forthcoming paper.

While the original mechanisms that drive the immune response to microbes have been fully explored by researchers mainly through cell cultures researchers still operate far from the patient or clinicians grasp. Siegel believes epidemiologic tools can be employed by the clinician when accessing patient data. By contemplating and vetting patient data in different expressions clinicians may allow a patient with chronic disease to rapidly and independently evolve their general healthquality of life and be less susceptible to harm from chronic diseases.

It will allow clinicians to manage a patient who is at a increased risk for disease or who is absolutely dependent on a certain drug sparking them to devise better therapy approaches. When that information is integrated into the clinical practice plan and into decisions about medications a clinician can use that information to form personalized guidelines for each of the patients conditions. These guidelines can be incorporated into standardized electronic disease monitoring systems which are used by patients and doctors to monitor the condition. It could also allow clinicians to develop tailored online treatments for each patients specific disease. It could also enable doctors and patients to communicate through virtual or mobile technologies with the ability to get an intuitive and personalized decision for the patient based on a specific patients individual circumstances.

In the paper-based TDCAs indicated in the study physician faculty input into structured electronic disease monitoring systems are included to throughout the dialysis process for patients. Data is processed on a data transfer system to a centralized server in order to be accessible to a broad audience and allow researchers who contributed to the study to determine the most suitable filter and alert codes to implement during the dialysis process. In addition a document called QualityNet a research network that integrates information technology as well as clinical research programs is also integrated to the project.

We expect the tool will help patients retain quality of life more strongly reducing pain the number of short term items of medication said study author Kyle Stodce Ph. D. a research molecular biologist at the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center. We hope it will help clinicians get appropriate patient education that helps them do their best while understanding they have to plan for next year and ensuring they get the appropriate medications that are in compliance with Federal Administration and FDA recommendations.

There are currently no barriers to studies getting access to user-friendly tools like this especially when the workloads have been tremendous.

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