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Physicians Now Have a Tool to Help Them Determine The Best Health Apps for Their Patients


Physicians Now Have a Tool to Help Them Determine The Best Health Apps for Their PatientsWhile there are thousands of fitness and healthcare apps to choose from today, the selection is overwhelming for both patients and physicians alike. While the vast majority of physicians can agree that apps have the potential to be beneficial, most are too unfamiliar with the current apps on the market to refer a patient to a specific app with confidence. It is for this reason that AppScript was developed.

AppScript was developed by Quantia, Inc., the Physician Engagement Platform, and IMS Health. The platform not only helps healthcare professionals evaluate and determine the best mobile apps and mobile technology for their patients, but physicians can purportedly rest assured that the mobile products they prescribe are referred by a responsible and trusted source.

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Arizona’s mHealth App Market is Booming


Arizona’s mHealth App Market is BoomingIn the state of Arizona, medical professionals and programmers have been hard at work to produce a wealth of new and reliable apps to help locals live a healthier life.

At a price of around $3 dollars, and some even free, one can acquire apps to aid them in many areas of health – monetizing weight management, heart rate, breathing rate, walking proficiency, and pressure point usage, to name just a few.

One particularly popular app is that which was created by University of Arizona to help woman quit smoking. It has been determined that woman are now more likely to die from smoking related causes than men. The UofA app is designed to not only aid women in kicking their smoking habit, but also helping woman live healthier, eat better, exercise, and feel good about themselves.

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Research Shows Mobile Medical Apps Are Good for Our Health


Research Shows Mobile Medical Apps Are Good for Our HealthFreshly published findings from a new study conducted by Research Now is providing some positive insight for those who may otherwise doubt the value of mobile medical apps being good for our health.

The digital data collection provider connected with 500 healthcare professionals and 1,000 health app users in the U.S. to reach the following conclusions:

  •     46% of healthcare professionals say that they will introduce mobile apps to their practice in the next five years.
  •     86% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will increase their knowledge of patients’ conditions.
  •     96% of users think that health apps help to improve their quality of life.
  •     72% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will encourage patients to take more responsibility for their health.

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New App Store for Health Professionals Planned


New App Store for Health Professionals PlannedEpic Systems Corp. recently divulged plans to launch its own app store for healthcare professionals.

Such a move could invite developers and companies to produce countless new apps compatible with Epic’s electronic health records systems.

According to published reports, the app store will launch in a few weeks.

“We think Epic is big now? This will cement their long-term legacy. It’s exactly the right thing to do,” Mark Bakken, co-founder and former chief executive of Nordic Consulting, is quoted by The Wisconsin State Journal.
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EyeXam Sees Patent Success for Mobile Vision Screening


EyeXam Sees Patent Success for Mobile Vision ScreeningRepresentatives for EyeXam — the developer of a leading mobile vision screening app — have confirmed that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for EyeXam’s “self-administered vision screening method using a mobile computing device.”

According to the company, the patent makes EyeXam the first and only patented method for mobile vision screening.

To date, a news release from EyeXam reveals, the vision screening app has been downloaded more than a million times from the iTunes App store and Google Play.
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Mobile Blood Pressure Apps Not as Accurate as Claimed?


Mobile Blood Pressure Apps Not as Accurate as ClaimedIf you’ve ever wondered just how accurate are medical apps that track blood pressure, you’re not alone. A good number of these apps found in the world’s foremost app stores claim they can screen for hypertension by simply holding the phone or taking a picture of your arm. Either medical advances have jumped light years ahead in technology or these claims are just not accurate.

According to recent research conducted by Cambridge Health Alliance, most of these apps falter in accuracy. For the study, researchers looked at 100 apps – apps that have collectively been downloaded millions of times.

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Not All Health Apps Are Created Equal — and Some Are Downright Misleading


Not All Health Apps Are Created Equal -- and Some Are Downright MisleadingAre some app developers promising more than they deliver? The answer appears to be “yes.” It could be a blow to the growing popularity of healthcare apps, according to industry insiders, who posit that some apps are much better than others at promoting well-being.

How do we know?

At least 14 percent of hypertension apps make misleading medical claims, according to a just released study.

“According to a study published by the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension (JASH), a portion of the blood pressure related apps available at the Google Play Store make misleading claims about their ability to track hypertension,” according to Health IT Outcomes.

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