Mobile health applications continue to soar as 2013 begins after a swelling in 2012. Applications from physical fitness to remote monitoring and even telehealth are gaining a foothold.
In the process, lawyers are queuing up at the FCC, FTC, FDA and all things that I shall call the ‘F’ word.
Here is what I have ‘scraped’ this week.
Public health officials put a handy mobile app to use in mass immunization efforts
A written prescription may be more effective in motivating patients to adopt the use of mobile health applications. The final assessment on their effectiveness and also standards are not yet finalized.
How many of these advance will stick like superglue, or will it just be a Velcro fastener to be torn off and discarded, replaced or improved? My bet would be on the later as new applications are fleshed out with improvements as the year goes by. Most of it will be controlled by market demand with some attribution given to quality measures. I see mobile health applications that pertain to ACA, ACO, Meaningful use, and POS billing for physicians making rounds at hospitals, SNFs and the like.