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Successful mobile health apps: four determining factors

Successful mobile health apps: four determining factors | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Mobile research firm research2guidance surveyed more than 2,000 developers and found some common traits among the successful mobile health apps:

 

Their revenue model is service-based, rather than based on paid downloads. More than a third of so-called successful apps, ranging from image sharing to sophisticated remote monitoring, get their revenue primarily from service sales, research2guidance said.

They integrate with other databases or health tracking devices. Open APIs allow apps to access more data that can enrich their value.

They have a large portfolio. More than one-third of the “successful” developers had published more than 20 mobile health apps, the firm said.

IOS is their No. 1 platform. A whopping three-fourths of successful developers had a preference for iOS over Android.


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Excellent article highlighting key facts about the mobile health sector, with link to free report.

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ChemaCepeda's curator insight, May 20, 2014 5:34 AM

Añadiría otros factores que salieron en #eSaludCyL como la facilidad de uso y la motivación para su utilización a largo plazo

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Digital Health: Germany launches 1st prescribed app – Caterna Vision Therapy reimbursed by statutory health insurer

Digital Health: Germany launches 1st prescribed app – Caterna Vision Therapy reimbursed by statutory health insurer | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

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Is this the start of the flood of prescribed apps? Caterna demonstrates how to identify a need that wasn't being well met and builds a compelling solution aimed at engaging young children.

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Bettina Gifford's curator insight, March 25, 2014 2:18 PM

An amazing App to facilitate and track eye exercises ..

Hélène Introvigne's curator insight, April 5, 2014 7:24 AM

le début des prescriptions & remboursements des apps Santé

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5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014 | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

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?

 
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Pere Florensa's curator insight, December 13, 2013 4:22 AM

En nuestro blog, nosotros nos atrevimos a hacer nuestras predicciones sobre salud y marketing:

http://healthyadvertising.es/tendencias-del-marketing-farmaceutico-2014/

Sky Sirewest's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:44 AM

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Sickweather: using social media to track illness

Sickweather: using social media to track illness | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Sickweather.com uses social media updates to follow outbreaks of the flu, allergies and other illnesses around the country. Sickweather scans Facebook and Twitter for posts about sickness and gathers the data to form an interactive map showing the areas with the most statuses about infections.


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United Kingdom United in Support for mHealth

United Kingdom United in Support for mHealth | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

The United Kingdom is quickly emerging as a hotbed of activity for mHealth and its expansion. Mobile health, telemedicine, and all facets of mobile and


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Tim Mustill's curator insight, August 30, 2013 6:56 AM

True... but only 9% penetration of health/lifestyle apps could be interpreted as slow uptake (or appetite) just as readily as being characterised as latent demand.

Dan Baxter's curator insight, August 30, 2013 5:37 PM

Nearly 30% of over 50's in the UK have a smartphone!

Joseph Walent's curator insight, September 5, 2013 4:49 PM

Look for #CSC to act as a central provider as thse movement gets legs.

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Medical app uses augmented reality to enhance patient education

Medical app uses augmented reality to enhance patient education | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Medical app uses augmented reality to enhance patient education
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We have seen Augmented Reality used in a number of medical apps; however, we have not yet seen it in any patient education apps.

EyeDecide is created by OrcaMD, a company renowned for producing a range of high quality patient education apps. OrcaMD has recently released a series of updates to their Decide series — some of which take advantage of augmented reality.

Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory inputs such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.

In the case of EyeDecide, the app cleverly uses the camera display to simulate the impact of certain conditions on your vision.

With EyeDecide, the developers use the camera to simulate the vision of a patient affected by a certain condition. In the case shown below, the user is demonstrating the impact of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). However, there are also other AR options available for Cataracts. It is clear that trying to explain the impact of AMD and how it will affect vision can be quite challenging, though, with the aid of an app such as EyeDecide and AR this process should be easier.

The screenshots below demonstrate how the vision of a patient with AMD will progress. At the same time, you can see how the eye itself deteriorates on the right of the screen.

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Some of the advantages of augmented reality in patient education are shown below:

    Patients can visualise the pathology/effect the clinician is talking about
    A multisensory experience has been shown to be more effective in transmitting information (Balog et al. 2012).
    Patients and family members can see how a potential disease would impact them in their natural surroundings e.g. testing their vision at home

Of course, there are also disadvantages of augmented reality in patient education:

    Not all conditions are amenable to AR
    Progression can be extraordinarily variable, particularly if it is unknown e.g. MS
    Requires a certain amount of digital literacy to truly understand what AR is

Its great to see app developers like OrcaMD taking full advantage of the capabilities of modern mobile technology. Hopefully, other app developers will sit up and take note to see just how effective these tools can be when used appropriately.

I see the future of patient education taking advantage of tools like augmented reality. The ability to combine augmented reality with personalized radiological images such as IOS Fixator opens up an exciting new paradigm for patient education.

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A Digital Diaper for Tracking Children's Health

A Digital Diaper for Tracking Children's Health | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Diapers have traditionally had one primary sensor — the baby inside them, who cries when wet — but a company hopes to have its product collect data for a doctor.

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Health Care Apps Offer Patients an Active Role

Health Care Apps Offer Patients an Active Role | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Mobile applications and devices let people take pictures of moles or record a heartbeat and then communicate accordingly with their doctor.


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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 | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

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: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xt6oh78wpn4b1ef/MASTER%20A4%20WHITE%20PAPER%20PDF.pdf

 

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


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Andrew Spong's curator insight, March 18, 2014 5:17 AM

My POV:

 

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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Sanofi launches a monster mobile diabetes game

Sanofi launches a monster mobile diabetes game | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Monster Manor iPhone and Android apps aim to encourage better management of the condition

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Do patients want apps to remind them to stay compliant ?

Do patients want apps to remind them to stay compliant ? | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
There is a misconception within marketing that just because people are using a certain technology or going to a certain website that they want marketers to follow them there.  The rule seems to be ...
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Really interesting article to show how important to carry out research when developing a mobile app to ensure you have the right market segment and the right features and benefits for your product.

 

Also, when looking into reasons why products fail to carry on, you need to consider why they stopped using as well as why some users continue.

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How private is data on health and fitness apps? | mobihealthnews

How private is data on health and fitness apps? | mobihealthnews | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

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8 Fantastic Fitness Apps to Keep You Motivated

8 Fantastic Fitness Apps to Keep You Motivated | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Check out these 8 fitness apps to help you maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise.
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