An app that ‘gamifys’ medical education and one that provides cancer information to patients were among the mHealth winners in a UN-backed global competition to identify the best mobile apps and services.
The mHealth industry is forecast to be a $11.8 billion market by 2018. Mobile technology promises to contribute to wellness, preventative care, personal health records, communication with physicians, diet tracking, prescription reminders and many other health-related improvements. Check out this infographic from mHeath consultancy [x]Cube Labs for a cross section of the mHealth industry, where it has been and how it can help healthcare providers and consumers alike.
The Mobile Learning Environment (MoLE) project is a multinational technology research project sponsored by the U.S military as part of its Coalition Warfare Program. The Global MedAid App initiative will develop and demonstrate an open source mobile learning capability that includes an extensible Mobile Application (App) Layer that operates on Apple and Android devices and a mobile architecture that integrates with traditional learning management systems (LMS). Version 1.0 of this capability is designed for use by medical or public health personnel responding to a humanitarian crisis or natural disaster.
There are currently about 40,000 mobile health apps available for tablets and smartphones, and over 500 health projects worldwide that have a mobile emphasis.That’s according to the online health care education portal AlliedHealthWorld.com, which pulled information from a variety of sources around the web to show just how much of a positive impact smartphones can have on our well-being.
Smartphones work for students. For example, students studying on mobile devices are nearly three times more likely to track their progress. More than 70% of mobile studnets use apps that allow them to study with flashcards and quiz themselves.
Genevieve Pinto Zipp, PT, EdD, associate professor in the Department of Graduate Programs in Health Sciences at Seton Hall University’s School of Health and Medical Sciences, explores approaches to using the iPad in teaching and learning.
Researchers at Liverpool University launched ClickClinica, a free app for doctors. It brings together guidelines for handling medical issues, from bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), so doctors can check best practice before treating their patients. But the app has a second feature that makes it more than a digital reference book. With a single click, a doctor can record what symptoms their patient has and the treatment they provided. Collect enough of these together, from around the world, and you get real-time global disease surveillance.
The app was developed by Benedict Michael, a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research fellow at the university's Institute of Infection and Global Health. In its first month, more than 1,000 doctors downloaded ClickClinica. Play the video from Liverpool University shows the app in action. The app is free, and the more doctors that use it, the more valuable it will be.
Health apps offer diet help, heart tests, relief from pain and other things. But many of them don’t work. While the Food and Drug Administration has been mired in a debate over how to oversee these high-tech products, both the iTunes store and the Google Play store are riddled with health apps that experts say do not work and in some cases could even endanger people. A few private groups are working to assess the quality of various apps. iMedicalApps gets health-care professionals to review software applications that mainly interest physicians. Happtique, a subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association, is about to launch the nation’s first app certification service, which will evaluate apps for safety and effectiveness.
Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets of the digital age have the potential to transform the relationship between doctors and their patients – for the better, says a prominent American researcher in the fields of cardiology and genomics.
“There is a new-found capacity of any individual to drive the search for their own health information. That was never previously possible,” said Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care, which was published this year.
Our study tested a mobile-based multiple choice question generator application to engage medical students in self-assessment and peer assessment through question solutions and peer ratings. ... Arafeh Karimi is an e-learning specialist.
Medical and healthcare students will be able to visually drill into 3D images of the human body with a new iPad app that shows anatomical structures from the skin through the layers of muscles down to the organs and bones.
The mobile app, combined with the proper observation protocol, has made the overall process more efficient and accurate. "With innovations like the application created by this team, the VUMC program continues to be one of the ground-breaking hand hygiene improvement programs in the country.”