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Apps: The Future of Medicine

These days, most everyone is working on smart phones and mobile devices. 

“They provide access where there was none; they provide knowledge and quick mentoring when needed,” said Matthew A. Bromwich, MD. “But apps need to be managed, reviewed, curated, and cultivated to create a helpful ecosystem. Apps are becoming a useful and common part of medical practice, and otolaryngologists need to be engaged in that process.”

Apps related to otolaryngology are emerging rapidly, with about 100 available in recent years, and 30 related to otology alone. This growing trend has patients, trainees, and staff inquiring about their utility, applicability, and reliability. 

This Panel Presentation should help answer those questions. Moderated by Jennifer Shin, MD, SM, the session addresses recently emerging apps, evolving federal regulation of apps, and how they can be used to reduce practice needs, such as an audiology booth or an endoscopy video tower. The program also discusses mobile device apps designed to improve diagnostics and increase clinic efficiency. 

Apps in Otolaryngology: Evolving Regulation, Mobile Diagnostic, Patient Interfaces, and Clinic Efficiency, Parts I and II

Today, 7:30 – 8:30 am;
8:45 – 9:45 am

GWCC, Building A, Room 302

“People are increasingly facile with, and sometimes reliant on, apps used on their mobile devices,” Dr. Shin said. “We want to help the audience understand the latest electronic advances that can help us in our clinical practices.”

Dr. Shin said the session will feature a mix of presentations and panel discussion to incorporate both structured learning and audience participation. 

“We’ll be talking about a variety of topics spanning diagnostic testing, training clinical teams, monitoring specific diseases, ways to reduce provider burden in daily clinic, and how the government’s regulatory ecosystem is evolving,” she said.

“Doctors need to keep pace as patients introduce us to new apps, and as we develop our own to service unique patient needs,” Dr. Bromwich said. The session is designed to look at both sides of app innovation—the user side (how do you know it’s a good app and which apps are the best) and the designer side (how do you make an app, should you make one, and what are the expected barriers).

“For better or worse, medicine is going mobile. Paper is disappearing, knowledge is becoming instantly accessible, and communication speeds are increasing,” Dr. Bromwich said. “We have to be part of the change in order to ensure the highest standards of clinical practice are met as we roll along in the digital revolution.”