Physicians ask developers to visit hospitals before building apps

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Hospitals are increasingly letting app developers shadow clinicians, observe medical procedures and attend medical consults to gain greater insight into how hospitals operate, according CNBC.

Here are four things to know:

1. Richard Zane, MD, emergency room physician and chief innovation officer at Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth, said that app developers often don't have deep knowledge of physicians' wants and needs.

2. "We found that tech companies more often than not had a preconceived notion of how healthcare worked," Dr. Zane told CNBC. They've "gone very far down the path of building a product" without physicians' guidance.

3. As more funding is poured into digital health, ensuring engineers understand how physicians and hospitals operate is central to making health apps. Dr. Zane began inviting developers to shadow how he uses software at UCHealth, without revealing operating rooms or patient information.

4. Some tech giants like Apple and Google have hired physicians to bring insider expertise to their companies as they pursue healthcare initiatives, according to the report.

Access the full CNBC article here.

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