Trext is a very interesting text (sms) based messaging service that has many potential uses in healthcare. Some examples that I can think up are:
- CHF - daily reminder for patients to check their body weight and text it back to the predefined phone number
- Diabetes - frequent reminders to check and text back blood sugar levels. If the blood sugar is higher than a predefined level, then a healthcare provider could be sent a text message automatically using the same service
- Medication reminders, especially for older people that are living alone. If they don't respond within a predefined time frame, a text message could be automatically sent either to a healthcare provider or a family member to check up on the person
- Text based reminders for upcoming physician appointments, and the ability to reserve a place in line in healthcare facilities that see walk-in patients e.g. Urgent care centers
- Health campaigns and patient surveys using multiple questions with decision logic
The kicker is that the data can be exported in an MS Excel spreadsheet to keep a comprehensive record a patient's health status.