"Unendorsed care may contribute to the high costs of managing LBP, and some aspects of the care provided carry a higher risk of adverse effects"
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 2, 2010
Clinically Relevant Technologies released a new medical iphone app for the iPhone platform this week to help bridge an expensive health care gap. The release comes on the heels of a study published last month in the Archives of Internal Medicine that showed general practioners are not following guidelines for effective management of low back pain. The study concluded that this "unendorsed care may contribute to the high costs of managing LBP, and some aspects of the care provided carry a higher risk of adverse effects."
Low back pain is one of the most common generators of health care visits and its reported that at least 25% of Americans have had an episode of back pain that lasts at least a full day within the last 3 months. This is not without significant cost as over $25 billion are reportedly spent each year managing low back pain, and 2% of the entire U.S. workforce receives compensation for low back pain each year (Chou, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007). These guidelines can be followed with no increase in risk for the patient while at the same time providing even better clinical outcomes and reduced costs according to another study (Fritz, Medical Care, 2007).
Clinically Relevant Technologies aims to bridge this gap by providing point-of-care information to clinicians with the new Low Back Pain Management Guidelines medical application for the iPhone™. Clinicians can now access interactive information for screening, diagnosis, and interventions based on the American College of Physicians and American Pain Society's published guidelines.
About Clinically Relevant Technologies (CRTech, LLC)
CRTech, LLC (clinicallyrelevant.com)) is a small company comprised of full-time clinicians and researchers that believe in promoting a climate of evidence-guided decision-making in medical practice that is clinically relevant, through the use of smartphones and mobile devices. CRTech also developed the popular medical application CORE - Clinical ORthopaedic Exam, an evidence-based clinical diagnostic tool for management of musculoskeletal pathology, for both the iPhone™ and the Android™ platforms.
Android is a trademark of Google, Inc. iPhone is a trademark of Apple, Inc. PUBMed is a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Clinically Relevant Technologies is in no way affiliated with the American College of Physicians or American Pain Society.