Application areas of medical apps in otolaryngology

HNO. 2021 Mar 25. doi: 10.1007/s00106-021-01038-9. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

The use of medical apps is becoming increasingly important as it offers new solutions in healthcare. Steadily growing computing and storage capacities in combination with high-precision sensors make smartphones effective tools for medical diagnostics and treatment. The use of this technology offers immense advantages, such as direct availability or independence from opening times. However, it also harbors risks such as unfiltered data storage and transmission. The consulting physician should exercise great care when selecting and recommending apps, particularly since only a few have been certified as medical devices to date. There is a steadily growing range of products on the market for otorhinolaryngology. The scientific evidence and quality of the apps vary widely, but tools exist for their validation by physicians and patients. The present training course is intended to help increase knowledge in this new, rapidly developing area.

PMID:33768279 | DOI:10.1007/s00106-021-01038-9