In 2007 integrative approaches to healthcare, including alternative/complementary therapies and nutrient supplementation, were used among 40% of American adults and 12% of children. The number of US hospitals incorporating these therapies has also increased from 8% in 1998 to 42% in 2010. The future of medicine is now and the paradigm shift is integrative and functional medicine. ¹
The technology age has even had its pushes for electronic integrative medicine approaches to patient centered care. Apps, like Sharecare, are great resources for electronically tracking your health and wellness. Sharecare goes through a series of questions related to your overall health, ranging from physical and mental health to personal relationships, diet and exercise habits. You can follow experts, view health tools and even join groups and challenges for many topics, including fitness, current health issues and healthy living habits!
Along with promoting health and wellness, medical related apps are keeping emergency professionals updated and even saving lives! With technology today it is common practice to keep an emergency contact listed in your phone, but did you know that there is an app that comes factory installed on your Apple iPhone that can potentially save peoples lives by allowing users to list more than just a name and number?
When emergencies occur often times phones are locked, making it difficult for first responders to get any health or personal related information on the patient. But Apple has made efforts to improve this by creating the Medical ID app. It is an app that comes factory installed on your phone, which is white with a pink heart. This app allows you to add as much or as little information as you’d like, including things like your birthday, allergies, medications, medical conditions, etc. This information is then now available under the emergency setting when your phone is locked with a pass-code. This app not only makes it easier for medical professionals to respond actively and effectively, but could potentially save your life in the event of a medical emergency.
I encourage you to check these out and as always, never stop exploring.