Apps roundup: NHS, MedShare, HRSA, TEDMED

By Brian Dolan
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NHS app now a mobile optimized website too: UK's NHS offered up a mobile optimized website version of their “Health and Symptom Checker,” which was previously made available as an iPhone app. David Doherty reviews the app here: 3G Doctor Blog

BlackBerry home health app: MedShare launched its multi-lingual BlackBerry application for home care for the Quebec market and Montreal-based Qualicode has integrated the app into its home health management solution. Release

HRSA Find a Health Center app: This week the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched a free iPhone app version of its “Find a Health Center” application. The HRSA said that 3,200 people use the web version of the app each day. Government Health IT

3 Steps to Reach the Wireless Patient: Another article with some high level advice for healthcare providers interested in reaching out to patients who use their mobile devices to access health information. Here are the three tips: Mobile websites, geotargeted mobile advertising, apps. Health Leaders Media

WSJ on connected health devices and apps: The Wall Street Journal's technology columnist Walt Mossberg told attendees at TEDMED last week that his glucose meter is a "piece of crap" because -- among other things -- it doesn’t connect to smartphones, other mobile devices, or the Internet. Companies like Entra Health Systems might disagree since they have a mobile app that pairs with their Bluetooth-enabled glucose meter. Dr. Jonathan Javitt's startup, Telcare has also developed a (not-yet-FDA-approved) blood glucose meter that connects directly to the cloud through an embedded wireless chipset -- no smartphone needed. The WSJ's blog post about Mossberg's talk indicates that he made a general statement about the lack of health related apps for patients and consumers. WSJ For a more detailed analysis of the types of apps available and the types of apps that are growing in number the quickest, be sure to check out our new apps report: The Fastest Growing and Most Successful Health & Medical Apps.