Despite the ubiquity of powerful handheld communication devices such as smartphones, the potential for this technology to make a significant improvement in the efficiency and quality of health care delivery has yet to be realized. Although the evidence for novel applications is accumulating, high-quality comparative data have been largely lacking thus far, potentially hampering the adoption process.1 In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Armstrong et al2 report the results of a randomized clinical trial comparing patient follow-up via mobile app with standard in-person outpatient clinic follow-up after ambulatory breast reconstruction. They demonstrated a reduction in patient follow-up visits among the group using the mobile app, without affecting complication rates or patient satisfaction.
Sammour T, Hill AG. Time to Embrace the Digital Age in Health Care. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(7):628. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0112
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