Shorewood, WI, August 29, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- As little as 11 minutes. That is the average amount of time you get at your doctor visit according to a study published by Gottschalk and Flocke in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2005. That is simply not enough time to learn about all of the ways proven to lower our disease risk and keep us healthier. As an example, let’s say you are a 43-year-old female. Which cancer tests would you really need? Which diet supplements? Which vaccines? Which healthy lifestyle behaviors? Which tests are not routinely recommended, and may even be harmful? This is a lot of information to cover in a very short time, and is it hard to find all in one place. Now, a family doctor in Wisconsin has developed an App for that.
Dr. Paul Hartlaub is a family doctor who went on to become specialized in preventive medicine after being frustrated by a lack of time and training in proven health screenings, vaccines and healthy lifestyle behaviors. After a survey he performed showed that his family practice colleagues were “all over the map” in terms of what they recommended to stay healthy, and a study by Beasley and others published in 2005 in the Annals of Family Medicine showed that his colleagues tried to cover an average of almost four problems with each patient visit, Dr. Hartlaub became convinced that there was a better way; a way to take the time needed to provide a complete list of health actions that are known to work.
After gathering the most trusted and supported recommendations from research-based organizations such as the US Preventive Services Task Force and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Dr. Hartlaub developed My Health Checklist 2011, an App that provides these proven health recommendations in an easy-to-use and understandable format. Dr. Hartlaub published his App through Proven Health Ways, Inc, which he founded.
My Health Checklist users can generate a list of what is and what is not recommended simply by entering their age and gender. There is also an alphabetical A-Z list to look up health and prevention topics of interest. Each topic has a straightforward recommendation, along with additional info such as links and other resources. My Health Checklist 2011 is currently available through the Apple App Store, but Proven Health Ways plans to make it available in the near future as a cost-saving benefit supplied by employers, healthcare systems, and insurance companies.
Dr. Hartlaub cautions that while My Health Checklist provides a great deal of information, it is not meant to take the place of your checkup with your doctor or nurse practitioner. “It allows you to learn and improve your health outside of a checkup, but just as importantly helps you to prepare for that checkup. That way you know more ahead of time about what you are really interested in, and what questions to ask.” That way, the 11-minute office visit just might seem a bit longer.