12 mHealth apps released by hospitals, health systems

Developers aren't the only entities releasing mHealth apps. Hospitals and health systems are also tapping into the growing market.

Here are 12 mHealth apps that hospitals and health systems released, as reported by Becker's Hospital Review over the past four months.

1. Physicians at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., developed the Carolinas Equation for Determining Associated Risks app that predicts a patient's risk for postoperative wound complications from a ventral hernia repair. The physicians used more than 1 million data points to create the formula use to calculate risk percentage.

2. Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Health System launched an emergency department wait time app, delivering key information including parking information, cafeteria information and contact information for primary care clinics.

3. The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City released its Patient Itinerary app, allowing patients access to educational materials, a schedule of their hospital stays, reminders to take medications and entertainment.

4. A nurse practitioner at the Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta developed Pedia BP, an app for clinicians to simplify the process of detecting hypertension in children and adults.

5. Blackstone Valley Community Health Care in Pawtucket, R.I., launched an app allowing users to track their health over time. The app will collect data from wearables and users can input data such as weight, glucose levels and medication information. The data is stored in the cloud, so physicians can then download the information and enter it into an electronic medical record before meeting with patients.

6. The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha released a mobile app aimed at addressing antimicrobial resistance. The app, created by the Infectious Diseases Division in the Department of Internal Medicine, outlines clinical guidelines, protocol and dosing information for antimicrobial use in a handheld format.

7. Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health System launched an app allowing consumers to track and maintain their health and access hospital information and resources. Each of the five Atlantic Health System hospitals has its own "Be Well" app catered to its specificities.

8. Medical students can take advantage of neuReference, an app designed by Bhuvic Patel, a third-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Jeffrey Leonard, MD, chairman of pediatric neurosurgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The app is designed for students on their neurosurgery rotation and neurosurgery junior residents, and it offers common questions attendings ask as well as the answers.

9. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center released an app to provide patients and parents information regarding the science and safety of vaccines, including lists of vaccines and the diseases they prevent, vaccine safety information and recommended immunization schedules.

10. Cleveland Clinic developed an app to help adult cancer patients and physicians find clinical trials in which they can partake. The app allows users to search for clinical trials by disease, phase, physician or hospital location. It also allows users to access trial information such as eligibility requirements and study objectives.

11. Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, released HCHC Healthy Living, an app assisting patients to monitor their health at home. It allows users to store medication and allergy information, track their diet and connect with the hospital's dietician, log fitness activity and keep track of appointments.

12. Miami Children's Hospital released Fit4KidsCare, an app that serves as a digital map of the hospital, providing turn-by-turn directions to different departments. It also includes emergency department wait times, physician directories and facility locations. The app recently was redesigned to offer clinical features that can help parents assess conditions and manage pharmaceuticals.

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