Your phone is talking behind your back — to your doctor

Your phone has the ability to track your health behaviors -- it knows how much you walk each day and other behavioral patterns. And it can share this information with your doctor. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

KATE ANDRIES, Capital News Service

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Your phone knows everything about you — how much you walk, talk and what level of Candy Crush you’re stuck on — but soon it could be spilling secrets to your doctor.

More and more physicians are prescribing apps that help track their patients’ illnesses through information collected by their smartphones.

“[The trend] just seems to be exploding,” said Seth S. Martin, a Pollin cardiovascular prevention fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “With the widespread use now of smartphones, it’s a really exciting opportunity to help people live healthier lives.”

Apps like Ginger.io and those developed by the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs) at Northwestern University collect data through smartphones and web activity and relay that information to healthcare providers



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