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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Dec. 4, 2015 | Archived Issues

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Physician Develops App for GI Patients Everywhere

My GI Health

Using the My GI Health app, patients with gastrointestinal disease can track their symptoms, prepare for appointments and report their medical histories using their smartphones.

A new mobile application developed by a Cedars-Sinai physician is changing the way patients and physicians are tracking and caring for gastrointestinal disease.

The free My GI Health app, created by Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, in partnership with William Chey, MD, at the University of Michigan, is available to patients at Cedars-Sinai and elsewhere. It aims to facilitate more effective communication between doctors and their patients. The first version of the app was released to the public on iTunes in late October, with enhanced features soon to follow.

"We have to reach out to where people live, work and play," said Spiegel, director of Cedars-Sinai Health Services Research. "That's the idea behind mobile health and what drove the development of My GI Health."

Using the app, patients with gastrointestinal disease can track their symptoms, prepare for appointments and report their medical histories using their smartphones. A series of carefully selected questions also helps patients generate personalized, physician-grade reports, which are then sent to their doctors.

The personalized reports, as well as links to further research and "education prescriptions," help patients understand their GI symptoms from virtually anywhere.

All of the materials generated by My GI Health also go to patients' email, allowing them to revisit or update their symptoms anytime.

"The mission of My GI Health is to enable patients by providing their physicians with the information needed at the point of care; that way we can better take care of our patients and hopefully enhance their satisfaction with the care they receive," said Spiegel, who also directs the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education.

The mobile health app is part of the center's goal of developing innovative digital health strategies to reimagine the dialogue between patients and doctors, and ultimately to improve the value of healthcare provided at Cedars-Sinai and beyond.

The app is available for Apple devices.