7 Recently Launched mHealth Apps

The mHealth app industry continues to grow at a quickening pace. The following mHealth apps, both customer-oriented and physician-oriented, have been released in the past month.

1. Apple's recently announced HealthKit is more of a platform to host all of a user's mHealth apps in one place, but the information is displayed in a single app called Health. Apple also partnered with Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, which will provide health information and content to users, and user data can be sent to Mayo physicians for continued care. Additionally, the app is also partnered with Epic, integrating patient medical records and allowing physicians to access mHealth app data to create more tailored treatment plans.

2. WebMD has launched Medscape MedPulse, which provides physicians and clinicians an aggregated assortment of relevant medical news, such as approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, clinical guideline updates and breaking news.

3. EBSCO Health's newly launched PEMSoft app is a resource for pediatric physicians and clinicians serving as an "evidence-based point-of-care medical reference tool." Its offerings include step-by-step critical care procedures, clinical and diagnostic information on pediatric symptoms and management approaches for pediatrics spanning neonatal to young adult health.

4. 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 offers common questions attendings ask as well as the answers.

5. CellTrak Technologies has launched an app for BlackBerry 10 offering care coordination and visit management solutions to home healthcare agencies to update care plans in real-time.

6. LyfeChannel's Smart Health Hero app is the ONC's Code-a-Palooza challenge winner. It uses Medicare claims data to help users make decisions about their health by helping patients initiate discussions with physicians regarding cost of treatment.

7. Visit Helper, an app developed by Columbus, Ohio-based Duet Health and the Health Collaborative of Greater Columbus, provides users with healthcare checklists and helps them ask questions related to healthcare costs and procedures to become more informed consumers. Visit Helper is still in its pilot program in central Ohio, but it is expected to be available nationwide in the upcoming months.

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