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March 7, 2014

Technology and IBD

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist

Jeanne Tung, M. D., discusses advancements in technology and how it helps to treat patients with inflammatory bowel diseases.

A group of pediatric gastroenterologists are using an iPad application to track patients' symptoms. This app tries to enhance the communication between the doctor and the patient. The patients get an automated response when to take their medication and also tries to track their symptoms if there are side effects to the medication, stress triggers, or food triggers. This app feeds the information back to the doctor's office to help make the best decisions for the patient.

The Oklahoma Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic are working on a iPad quiz game app. When patients visit the doctor's office, they take a quick quiz game that asks questions about what type of IBD they have, their anatomy, medications, side effects, and the type of medical tests they take. The idea behind this app is to understand what information patients know and are learning. As patients progress, the doctors hope they will take more ownership and understanding of their condition leading to better care and conversation.

Doctors hope all of these advancements in technology will lead to increasing self awareness and self management of taking medications and increased communication between the physician and the patient.

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Dr. Tung is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.

Tags: IBD, Jeanne Tung, Mayo Clinic, Oklahoma Medical Center, Study Findings, symptom trackers, technology

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