March 24, 2015
Ieso Digital Health, one of the apps in the NHS's new library.
The National Health Service in the UK is taking steps to create a curated database of government-approved mobile health apps, starting in the area of mental health. NHS England launched a library of five approved apps on its NHS Choices website, which gets 40 million visits per month, according to the NHS.
As a large public health...
November 25, 2013
Patient empowerment often is about taking care into one's own hands. Usually that means making a lot of noise or at least asking a lot of questions. Less common is the entrepreneurial path in search of a technological fix to a personal health issue.
Michael Seres, co-founder of London-based 11 Health, took the latter approach.
As Seres tells it, he was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 12....
July 29, 2013
UK-based mobile operator O2, a subsidiary of Telefonica, has discontinued two of its mobile health offerings in the UK. By the end of 2013, the company will stop supporting consumer-facing emergency response service Help at Hand and provider-facing remote patient monitoring service Health at Home.
MobiHealthNews reported on the launch of these two offerings just a few months ago, in mid-March,...
March 14, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge.
Humetrix, the Del Mar, Calif.-based maker of mobile health information exchange app iBlueButton, is demonstrating its technology for the UK's National Health Service (NHS) this week.
Like so many healthcare entities around the world, the NHS has been struggling to make electronic health records available and accessible to...
January 16, 2012
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) Connecting for Health division recently published a guidance document for how healthcare providers in that country should and shouldn't be using tablet devices. The document is chock-full of warnings about tablet use in healthcare settings, but it also includes some helpful hints for how CIOs should secure the devices.
The NHS states that tablet devices are...
November 21, 2011
The UK's NHS (National Health Service) announced this week that its NHS Direct app for iOS and Android smartphones has been downloaded more than 1 million times since its release in May. The app is free to download from the app stores.
The app's features include a health and symptom checker, general symptom relief, and specialist advice on issues such as mental health, contraception, sexual...
July 21, 2010
Mobile operator Orange UK, which is owned by France Telecom, launched a new mobile health service last week called Orange "smartnumbers." The services aims to help users reduce the time it takes to contact a particular healthcare professional and also grant users instant access to the best placed person or healthcare team available to take a call. The service is both for patients and other...