Submitted by: Dr Abhijit Bhograj
Most patients once started on a treatment are lost to follow up thanks to the complexity of our health system. The follow up app is a pre-set questionnaire follow up, texted to the patient few days/hours after the primary visit. This is very important because most condition symptomatology are often missed during the primary consult and the new symptoms can be brought to light easily without having to reschedule.
A Classic Example: chest pain, it could be acid reflux, angina, or an MI. A patient with an MI can present early with generalized discomfort with no changes biochemically or EKG changes, such patients are treated with a PPI and sent home. Over a few hours or a day, symptoms of these patients change, and, if not followed up can be missed altogether, leading to an untoward situation. On the other spectrum of the app, if all is ok, it's always good to boost the moral of a treating doctor to know that the treatment has worked and the patient is doing well.