Taking selfies for your health – how it’s empowering consumers

In today’s digital age, technology plays a key role in many aspects of our lives. Did you realise that we can utilise our devices to help us contribute to our own health and wellness journey? We can now use our devices to track our health through the symptoms we experience. Through this we can also maintain a positive dialogue with our health professionals concerning any injuries or conditions we are monitoring.

How do you track your recovery and monitor your progress?

If you have ever undergone surgery, suffered an injury that took time to recover from, or had to manage an ongoing condition, you will know the struggle to monitor your health and remember all the details. When I had my wisdom teeth out, I constantly wondered how much pain was normal to feel in the healing process. I worried about how long it would take for the bruises to disappear, and what to do if something wasn’t healing the way it was meant to.

Now, there has been research conducted through a QUT-led study, which trialled parents taking photos of their children’s wounds after surgery. They then forwarded the photos to their surgeons in order to monitor recovery. The results? Medical selfies are empowering the parents and helping them to not only feel more confident with the service they are given, but to reassure them of their children’s progress during recovery.

How can medical selfies empower us?

Recovering from an illness, surgery or medical condition can be stressful at the best of times. It’s even harder if you’re unsure which signs and symptoms are a normal part of recovery. Recording your symptoms and tracking your physical condition can help you to share accurate information with your doctor when you check in with them. Keeping it up on a daily basis can help you to stay reassured that you are tracking your health as well as possible.

As the study found, “consumers feel [their] data is valuable, it helps them have a sense of autonomy in their care, improves their view of the service they are being provided, and… enhances the relationship between doctor and patient because there is a sense of mutual respect and communication.”

Medical selfies are important not only for when you’re recovering from surgery, but for any physical or health concerns you may have.

Perhaps most importantly is the confidence it gives you. Consistently monitoring your symptoms gives you an active role in staying on top of your own recovery. If you have concerns about the progression of an injury or health condition, contact your health professional. You can share accurate information that you have recorded, and have access to it at your fingertips. 

How can we use Wanngi to do this?

With Wanngi’s Personal Health service, you can record your symptoms as they happen. For each symptom, you can record the time, severity and what you were doing when you first noticed it. You can also upload a photo with each symptom you record. When you visit your doctor, show them your Personal Health record in Wanngi. There they can view a timeline of your symptoms and any changes you’ve experienced.

Now I have the ability to record my symptoms in Wanngi, and upload photos if I need to. I don’t need to remember the details myself, or try and relate multitudes of information back to my doctor.

Be empowered by taking an active role in your recovery. With the help of Wanngi and your health professionals, track your recovery from both stand-alone, and ongoing conditions.

Sign up for a free trial of Wanngi Primary+ to set up your own Personal Health record and start tracking your health now. You can also visit our website to learn more.