This technology provides an easy-to-use, web-based diary for patients in long-stay intensive care units (ICU). Over [5 million patients] (http://www.sccm.org/Communications/Pages/CriticalCareStats.aspx) visit an ICU each year, and long-term ICU stays can result in [negative health effects] ( http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303492504579111361055134336). These [can be alleviated] ( http://www.ccforum.com/content/14/5/R168) by use of diaries. As electronic media becomes more pervasive in our society, electronic tools are becoming useful for healthcare.
Modern solutions for modern medicine
This technology is an app for tablets that allows text, picture, video, and freeform drawings. These media are hosted on the web as a diary. This allows patients to document their stay in the hospital. It also allows patients the option to make this information available to their physicians. This has opportunity for use in the ICU, as well as any other long-term medical care setting. While several apps are available for keeping a diary or medical symptoms, none have the flexible diary options that this technology provides.
- Reduction of long-term effects of ICU stays
- Electronic communication from patient to physician
- Very flexible diary platform