Your Health at Your Fingertips: Two New Mobile Health Apps Released in Fall 2021

Your Health at Your Fingertips: Two New Mobile Health Apps Released in Fall 2021
Rachel Wedemeyer, PharmD, M Health Fairview

In August and September 2021, two new mobile health apps were launched; Docket and Freestyle Libre 2®. The Docket® app allows individuals to securely view and share their immunization records found on the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC). Individuals can view all immunizations administered in Minnesota, New Jersey, or Utah, in one record, even if they were given by different healthcare providers, health systems, or pharmacies. This app launch comes as a direct response to the growing number of individuals requesting access to their vaccine information. Requests to access MIIC information has nearly doubled in 2021 as individuals need access to covid-19 vaccination records to attend certain events or activities. The Docket app creates an easy and convenient avenue for individuals to find, view, and share personal immunization records without needing to submit a formal request and wait to receive their records. This app is free and available to download for both Apple and Android devices.

The Freestyle Libre 2® app was cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in conjunction with the Freestyle Libre 2® continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system in early August. Clearance of this app now allows users of the Freestyle Libre 2® CGM system to scan their sensor, view blood glucose readings, and set real-time glucose alarms for hypoglycemia from their mobile device. The new Freestyle Libre 2® CGM differs from the original Freestyle Libre 14 day® CGM as it has added Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to set alarms for hyper and hypoglycemia. The Freestyle Libre 2® app can be connected to LibreView, a secure cloud-based data management platform that allows individuals to share their real-time glucose readings with healthcare providers and caregivers. The release of this app now makes the Freestyle Libre 2® CGM system comparable to other CGM systems currently on the market which also have their own apps. This app is free to download and available to individuals who have an Apple or Android device. To use on Apple products, an Apple brand mobile device (iPhone 7 or newer) or a device that runs on an iOS platform (14.0 or newer) is required. To use on Android products, a current mobile device (Google Pixel, LG Nexus 5X, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Sony Xperia 1 or newer) that runs on an Android platform (8.0 or newer) is required.  

The demand for easily accessible health records and information is evident as more individuals opt for mobile apps to help manage chronic conditions and access their personal health records. The Docket and Freestyle Libre 2® apps are the newest to join the growing number of health-related apps available and will be beneficial in connecting patients to their health information quickly and conveniently.

References:

  1. Minnesota Department of Health. New mobile app gives Minnesotans access to their immunization record faster. https://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2021/docket091521.html. Published September 15, 2021. Accessed November 5, 2021.
  2. Abbott. Abbott’s Freestyle Libre 2 iOS app cleared in U.S., providing a seamless digital experience to simplify diabetes management. https://abbott.mediaroom.com/2021-08-02-Abbotts-FreeStyle-R-Libre-2-iOS-.... Published August 2, 2021. Accessed November 5, 2021.
  3. Abbott. Smartphone compatibility guide. Smartphone compatibility guide - Page | FreeStyle Glucose Meters. https://freestyleserver.com/Payloads/IFU/2021/q4/ART41556-202_rev-B-Web.pdf. Accessed December 5, 2021.