One world, one app

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01/23/2020

I’m not a big app user, but I recently downloaded, after years of hearing about it, the myfitnesspal app. It lets you log pretty much all the food (including your recipes! You can scan labels!), and calculates nutrition and macros and all that.

OMG, I love it. I’m not only seeing how many more calories I’m consuming then I was telling myself (but that those snug jeans were screaming about loud and clear), but it’s so much easier to track my carbs—critical for an *insulin user.

My biggest regret right now is that myfitnesspal doesn’t integrate (sync?) with my FreeStyle Libre app to also pull in blood sugar data and, when I can be bothered to enter it, insulin doses. Maybe down the road, eh?

Last week, I listened to the latest Special Open Door Forum on the documentation lookup service. It sounds like it’s moving along swimmingly, but unsurprisingly, there’s a roadblock: Not everyone is using electronic health records, or they are not using the same EHRs as others or they are not using the same version.

This is also borne out in a recent story by Liz Beaulieu on e-prescribing, in which AAHomecare’s Kim Brummett summed it nicely:

“It’s really up to the ordering physician or hospital: Do they want to do it, and what platform do they want to use. If I’m a provider, I can choose to use this platform, but that doesn’t mean my referral sources will.”

That all adds up to a whole lot of inability to fully integrate and communicate across the healthcare continuum, despite that being exactly where healthcare needs to go. And where it is going. In many cases, the patients are already there, waiting for the system to catch up.

*Fun fact: While there is some disagreement, this day in 1922 is widely credited with being the date of the first successful insulin injection.