The importance of effective doctor-patient communication in an emergency or hospital medicine situation cannot be overstated. As SCP Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey A. Schwartz, MD, FACEP, explained, “A lack of clear communication could lead to further clinical consequences.” That’s where mobile apps can be of immense help. Dr. Schwartz helped us to identify the following six mobile apps specifically focused on providing clearer physician/patient communication.
The first three provide translation capabilities, which is particularly useful when addressing non-English speaking patients. The remaining three use images to communicate, enabling the patient to better understand the nature of their condition and its location in the body.
1. Canopy Speak
Approximately 30 million patients have limited English proficiency, and nowhere is the language barrier more critical than...