Businesswoman with smart phoneIn a study published in the journal titled Academic Emergency Medicine, ER physicians in 29 states showed that patients often leave decision making to their physician because the matter is too complicated for them to weigh in. To help patients and loved ones better share in decision making, some hospitals are developing apps that can provide back up information on cardiac care, appendicitis and other conditions. These aids are being especially helpful to parents who may not understand what a doctor says when they bring a sick child to the ER.