Happtique, a mobile health app store aimed at healthcare professionals, will launch a trial of mRx, which it touts as the first program to enable physicians to prescribe mHealth apps to patients.
Happtique officials say more physician-to-patient services will improve compliance and health outcomes, and that Happtique's patent-pending technology will help physicians in all specialties to prescribe apps to patients.
At the American Telemedicine Association’s annual meeting in California on May 1, keynote speaker and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak praised mobile health (mHealth) applications. In particular, he cited iClickCare as an application that would play a significant role in the future of telemedicine.
Mobile health, or mHealth, is poised to explode over the next decade, says Chad Udell, managing director of Float Mobile Learning, a mobile learning consulting, strategy and research firm based in Morton, Illinois.
Researchers at the University of Alberta have launched a $1.3-million study – funded by Telus and dubbed the Living Laboratory Community – to develop and commercialize innovative healthcare technologies, including the implementation, monitoring and analysis of a new electronic medical-record platform.
As smartphone users have grown more comfortable forking over information about their bank accounts and physical whereabouts to mobile applications, a growing group of app developers are betting health-related data will be next.