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Health apps: where do they make sense? A patient opinion-informed white paper

Health apps: where do they make sense? A patient opinion-informed white paper | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care |

Conclusions of the first ever cross-stakeholder, pan-european seminar on health apps, held at the King's Fund on 28 October 2013.


Direct download from Alex Wyke's blog:


The five key messages:


1. Overhauling healthcare systems–making them patient-centric

2. Engaging doctors in the prescribing of health apps
3. Overseeing quality standards for health apps
4. Ensuring that health apps remain of a high standard throughout their lifetime
5. Considerations for policymakers wishing to oversee health apps

Via Andrew Spong, Rowan Norrie, Bart Collet
Andrew Spong's curator insight, March 18, 2014 5:17 AM



1. Lip-service has been given to this idea since time immemorial, but there are few examples of such change having not only been instantiated, but maintained, and used to drive strategic direction. This is a systemic problem which I don't think will be resolved until we accept that 'reskinning' existing structures is inadequate to the needs of truly patient-centred healthcare design.


2. Unenforceable, but necessary. A paradox that may only be resolved through cross-constituency digital peer-review (imagine the degree of insight and involvement if there were a '#FOAMed meets #bcsm' for every disease area)


3. See above. 'Regulation' as we understand it will neither be viable, nor enforceable. Whether we want a 'top layer' of heavy-hitting health faculty acting as a secondary filter before content enters the App Store (Apple) and Play (Google) is another question. I'm not sure if it's even a good idea (re-replacing 'evidence with eminence' again) unless it's largely automated using a Watson-like AI with a complete picture of the existing gold standard in all evidence.


4. Predicated upon the expectation that they're of a high standard at launch, which simply isn't the case.. The majority of health-related content available as apps is of low quality and relevance.


5. Re. the first paragraph of the synopsis of this section: 'The consensus at the seminar was that the adoption of smartphone technology will not create health inequalities, but rather can increase healthcare sustainability'. I strongly agree with this line of reasoning, and feel that the 'digital divide' debate needs to be answered once and for all.


My answer to this last point: principally, this is a period of transition, and no plans should be made to accommodate perceived (and usually unsubstantiated) inequalities in terms of access to health information which will diminish over time -- although NB levels of health literacy are another matter. Where digital exclusion exists (and such conclusions often overlook the 'one step removed' access to digital health via family members, friends, and carers) the savings made from the efficient implementation of lower-cost digital health initiatives (and there really should be some; if there aren't, questions need to be asked about the organisation under review) should be reinvested in targeting hard-to-reach communities in an offline setting.

rob halkes's curator insight, March 18, 2014 6:25 AM

Great Read!

Marisa Maiocchi's curator insight, March 21, 2014 2:55 PM

Aportes y conclusiones del primer seminario pan-europeo sobre apps de salud. Muy interesante.

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Three new gamified health products

Three new gamified health products | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care |

Details of three new gamified health products:


Cellnovo – a gamified diabetes tracking package with a mobile handset, web app, and insulin pump


HealthPrize – a medicine adherence application that rewards you for taking your medicine


Hubbub Health – a social health network that combines gaming, daily challenges, and a community to promote physical and mental wellness

Via Andrew Spong, Thomas N. Burg, Dimitra Kontochristou, Giuseppe Fattori, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek, Philippe Marchal/Pharma Hub, Tiffany Jésus
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5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014 | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care |

If 2013 was the year of wearables and health apps, what’s on tap for 2014?


Here are five exciting health tech trends to keep an eye on for the new year.


1. Data in the Doctor’s OfficeAccording to Pew Research, 21% of Americans already use some form of technology to track their health data, and as the market for wearable devices and health apps grows, so too will the mountain of data about our behaviors and vitals. Next year, we may see more of this data incorporated into our day-to-day medical care.

2. Smart Clothes

If a wristband or clip-on tracker isn’t part of your look, there’s hope for you in 2014, because a new wave of wearable smart garments will be hitting the stores next year. In fact, market research company Markets and Markets expects sales of smart clothes and fabrics to reach $2.03 billion by 2018.


3. Augmented NutritionOf course, if you want to fit into the latest smart fashion, you might need to keep better tabs on what you’re eating. We’ve already seen popular apps such as Fooducate make things easy by letting you scan the barcodes on packaged foods to gather nutrition data. In 2014, we’ll see new technologies that take even more of the guesswork out of counting calories. 4. Virtual House Calls

Virtual house calls also just got a big boost with the recent launch of Google Helpouts, a new marketplace for getting personalized help over live video chat. Although it’s still early days for the new service, you can already browse the Google Helpouts Health marketplace for medical advice, mental health issues, nutrition counseling, weight loss and more. You can even get wellness advice for your pets.


5. Health Rewards

If looking and feeling good isn’t enough of a payoff, how about getting paid for getting healthy?


Via nrip, Rowan Norrie
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Ekaterina's curator insight, December 18, 2013 8:59 PM

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