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Invited Commentary
Practice Gaps
June 2014

Reaching Our Wired Patients: Underutilization of Mobile Platforms for Patient Education and Compliance

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2The Dermatology Institute–Naperville, DuPage Medical Group, Naperville, Illinois
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(6):662. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.10132

A growing number of our teenage and adult patients have access to and are adept at using mobile technology. These devices include smartphones and tablets that are readily available. They also desire information regarding skin conditions that affect them, especially acne.

As seen in the study by Cohen et al,1 there were over 5500 downloads of applications (apps) from iTunes containing peer-reviewed material about diet and acne. The technology now exists to disseminate information about medical conditions to patients who desire and have a means to access it. As such, the underutilization of this medium for providing this type of information about skin conditions (especially acne) qualifies as a practice gap.