April 18, 2019
Editor's note: This story has been updated to specify that the telehealth app downloads ranked in the report do not necessarily reflect the entirety of those companies' businesses.
Consumers worldwide are downloading and spending money in medical apps more than ever, suggests a market behavior analysis released this week by mobile data and analytics company App Annie.
Global downloads of these...
August 13, 2018
Instant Blood Pressure, an app from Aura Labs, has been removed from the app store for more than two years. The makers of the app, which purported to report users' blood pressure using the phone's camera, had to pay $600,000 settlement to the FTC after it was found to be inaccurate, first in an investigative report by iMedicalApps and then in a subsequent validation study at Johns Hopkins.
November 3, 2016
Mount Sinai Health System in New York has launched an enterprise-wide platform for doctors to prescribe mobile health apps directly to patients.
Developed by researchers at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, the RxUniverse features a curated list of apps – pulled from the thousands of health apps available to consumers today – that have already been evaluated for their efficacy based on...
October 11, 2016
In the land of digital health apps, space is becoming limited. According to a new study by Research 2 Guidance, the number of health and medical apps is still surging – 259,000 such apps were listed on major app stores in 2016 – but downloads are starting to slow down, indicating an increasingly crowded and competitive market.
“There is no end in sight for the current hype surrounding mHealth...
September 6, 2016
Developers of health and medical apps will now have strict rules to abide by with Apple's new App Store Guidelines that establish a high bar for any app aimed at health and wellness.
Previous iterations of the guidelines already laid out the proper protocol for human research subjects and avoiding physical harm, but the new rules carry much more detailed and specific language, ranging from...
June 9, 2015
Some 95 percent of nurses own a smartphone and 88 percent use smartphone apps at work, according to a survey of 241 nurses conducted by InCrowd. The research firm conducts two- to five-minute online microsurveys.
Around 73 percent of nurses used apps to look up drug information, 72 percent used apps to look up different diseases and disorders, and 69 percent used smartphones, though not an app,...
March 24, 2015
Phoenix Children's Hospital has announced that it will install 200 tablets in patient rooms to provide patients and their families with customized, interactive information about their treatment plan.
The hospital was awarded $200,000 from the James M. Cox Foundation to launch this initiative, called the "Connected Patient Project". The James M. Cox Foundation provides support for organizations in...
December 10, 2014
New York City-based Happtique, which had developed a health app certification and "prescription" platform, has been acquired by SocialWellth for an undisclosed sum. Happtique was a wholly owned subsidiary of GNYHA Ventures, the for-profit arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association.
It shut down its app certification program in December 2013 after a health IT firm exposed security issues...
October 2, 2014
The mobile health market is expected to be valued at $6.7 billion by the end of 2014, according to a report from research firm Visiongain.
London-based Visiongain defines mobile health as "the practice of medicine and health services, through mobile devices" and analyzed smartphone and tablet apps for its report. Apps included in the report range from free apps all the way to premium apps that...
July 30, 2014
Smartphone and tablet use by level of experience.
A new study in the Journal of Radiation Oncology looked at self-reported smartphone and tablet ownership and usage statistics in young, French, radiation oncologists. While the sample is quite specific and not necessarily generalizable, it does present an interesting look at the up-and-coming generation of physicians (most of the subjects had...