It has been 16 months since I wrote here about the proliferation of mobile health applications. More so than desktop health IT, these developments place HIT in the hands of consumers and patients, allowing for instant gratfication for questions they may have in real time.
Mobile health IT falls into one of three categories, information access, monitoring, and guidance.
It is an appropriate time to review my last post on mobile health.
During the past year several large internet presences, Google and Microsoft have taken an active interest, other than the Personal Health Record (PHR). Market demand for PHR was sadly lacking, given that potential patients balked at entering their own health data. (much like providers). Time was a major deterrent for data entry. However the PHR may be reincarnatedted as a subset or import from the provider electronic record. (EHR) In many ways this will improve accuracy, credibility and content. Perhaps the web portal may be a more eloquent means for editing and/or extracting personal health items from the professional EHR.
Google and developer Pathfinder have targetted the mobile health IT space.
The Android Store
Microsoft store. a potential market place for Windows mobile has far fewer offerings. Sadly the Microsoft Store does not even have a category for Mobile Health Apps for the Windows Phone, or Surface Tablet (Microsoft's offering for tablet PCs) Again Open source is more attractive to developers.
Developer challenges with awards and stipends also are stimulating development by venture capitalists for the marketplace.
Surface and Windows Phone Developers
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