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Doctors told to prescribe smartphone apps to patients - TODAYonline: Doctors told to prescribe smartphone apps t...

LONDON - Doctors in the UK will be encouraged to prescribe smartphone apps to help patients manage conditions ranging from diabetes to depression, the British government has announced. Mr Andrew Lansley, the UK Health Secretary, has compiled a list of nearly 500 tools which will be recommended by the National Health Service (NHS) after a public appeal for the best new ideas and existing mobile phone apps. GPs will be asked to recommend apps that are free or cheap for their patients to use, in an attempt to give patients more power and reduce visits to doctors. Among the apps available is a tool for food allergy suffers that scans bar codes on shop products to warn them if they contain dangerous ingredients, the Daily Telegraph reported. A new diabetes app from Diabetes UK gives people reminders on checking blood sugar levels and taking medication. Information can then be s...

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