02/12/2013

ESTEVE’S NEW EXPERTSALUD APP OFFERS A SELF-MANAGEMENT TOOL TO PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC DISEASES

Available on Google Play and on App Store, this is the first free, all-in-one tool APP for the self-management of chronic conditions and healthy lifestyles.

This App offers medication intake follow-up and medication reminders, and allows recording most commonly used health-related variables and sharing results with the healthcare provider in real time.

expertSalud is supported by the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (SEMFYC) and by the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine (SEMI).

Medication adherence in chronic patients is still a pending issue. Indeed, up to 50% of these patients fail to follow healthcare provider recommendations. In order to engage these patients in the management of their health and the improvement of their quality of life, ESTEVE just launched expertSalud, a new free mobile APP that features better self-management of chronic conditions, appropriate follow-up on healthcare provider recommendations, reminder setup, and weight, physical exercise or blood pressure control planning and recording.

In Spain, more than 45% of the population older than 16 years has at least one chronic disease, and half of it fails to comply with therapy. Limited adherence to healthcare provider recommendations is due to multiple causes, such as forgetting to take the medication or mixing up multiple or complex treatments, or the absence of symptoms of chronic conditions like high blood pressure, or poor patient's knowledge of his/her disease or of risks involved if improperly treated, among others. Also, the steadily increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and the high consumption of resources due to poorly controlled conditions pose a major challenge to the sustainability of our health system.

To improve adherence, the patient must have a good knowledge of his/her disease, know how and when he/she must take his/her medication, and consistently comply with the therapeutic, hygiene-diet and healthy lifestyle recommendations made by healthcare providers. ESTEVE's expertSalud helps chronic patients achieve all this by enabling them to perform proper follow-up on and self-management of their chronic conditions, and to do so on their mobile anywhere ―at home or at work.

Available on Google Play for Android devices and on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, this application enables the patient to manage medicine intake, set up reminders and follow-up on the variables he/she wishes to control, such as weight, glucose or blood pressure. The patient's entire health history is displayed in the highly visual expertsalud.com website, and the patient can search for specific time periods, look up details of his/her adherence to treatment, and see health evolution graphs.


How to use expertSalud

Data setup is easily performed in four simple steps. Health problems are entered in 'My conditions'. Medication taken, reminder setup, and each medication related to each health problem, are entered in 'My medication'. The most relevant variables, such as weight, glucose or blood pressure, are followed up in 'My controls'. Finally, 'My doctors' is used to save contact data, schedule visits, and authorize healthcare provider access to health data by way of his/her 'Expert' code.


What is the 'Expert' code?

If a patient wishes to authorize health data access by a healthcare provider, he/she must enter his/her 'Expert' code in the application. The healthcare provider may easily obtain his/her free 'Expert' code at esteveexpert.com. From then on, he/she will be able to perform web-based follow-up and visualize real-time evolution graphs of his/her patient's health self-management.

Who can benefit from expertSalud?

expertSalud is specially designed as a Health Solution for chronic patients, and is used for health data recording, medication reminder setup, and facilitation of follow-up and self-management of health problems. The application allows selecting the most commonly used variables ―physical exercise, pain, blood pressure, or glucose. Also, other variables can be tailored to the individual needs of each patient.

In addition, the multi-user feature of the application allows health to be managed in several people at the same time. This is ideal for family caregivers, who are able to monitor health and treatment adherence in all the patients in their care and to provide personalized health management to each of them.

Real-time information to the healthcare provider

expertSalud allows the user to share his/her health evolution with his/her healthcare provider in real time. Because constantly updated information is made available to the healthcare provider, the latter is able to supervise and perform thorough follow-up on his/her therapeutic, hygiene-diet and healthy lifestyle recommendations. Also, the graphs generated from the data entered by the patient in the expertSalud application allow to thoroughly follow-up on the variables whose monitorization is most relevant at a given time.

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