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Smartphone Applications with Sensors Used in a Tertiary Hospital—Current Status and Future Challenges

by 1,†, 2,†, 3, 2,4,5,6 and 2,4,*
Clinical Research Center, Asan Medical Center, Seoul 138-736, Korea
Department of Biomedical Informatics, Asan Medical Center, Seoul 138-736, Korea
Division of Nursing Science, College of Health Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 120-750, Korea
Ubiquitous Health Center, Asan Medical Center, Seoul 138-736, Korea
Department of Emergency Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul 138-736, Korea
Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02467, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Ki H. Chon
Sensors 2015, 15(5), 9854-9869;
Received: 26 February 2015 / Revised: 13 April 2015 / Accepted: 22 April 2015 / Published: 27 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smartphone-Based Sensors for Non-Invasive Physiological Monitoring)
Smartphones have been widely used recently to monitor heart rate and activity, since they have the necessary processing power, non-invasive and cost-effective sensors, and wireless communication capabilities. Consequently, healthcare applications (apps) using smartphone-based sensors have been highlighted for non-invasive physiological monitoring. In addition, several healthcare apps have received FDA clearance. However, in spite of their potential, healthcare apps with smartphone-based sensors are mostly used outside of hospitals and have not been widely adopted for patient care in hospitals until recently. In this paper, we describe the experience of using smartphone apps with sensors in a large medical center in Korea. Among >20 apps developed in our medical center, four were extensively analyzed (“My Cancer Diary”, “Point-of-Care HIV Check”, “Blood Culture” and “mAMIS”), since they use smartphone-based sensors such as the camera and barcode reader to enter data into the electronic health record system. By analyzing the usage patterns of these apps for data entry with sensors, the current limitations of smartphone-based sensors in a clinical setting, hurdles against adoption in the medical center, benefits of smartphone-based sensors and potential future research directions could be evaluated. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthcare app; data entry; mobile health; smartphone sensors healthcare app; data entry; mobile health; smartphone sensors
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Park, Y.R.; Lee, Y.; Lee, G.; Lee, J.H.; Shin, S.-Y. Smartphone Applications with Sensors Used in a Tertiary Hospital—Current Status and Future Challenges. Sensors 2015, 15, 9854-9869.

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