Take Three (Apps) and Call Me in the Morning

In a post featured by TechCrunch, Dr. Iltifat Husain calls out three free healthcare apps he feels are worthy of being prescribed to patients.

The three apps listed, Cancer.netCarb Counting with Lenny, and Hello Baby Pregnancy Calendar, could not be more different in terms of targeted audience.

They do, however, have important similarities that differentiate better, more successful apps from those with less impact.

1) They are patient empowering.

By promoting understanding of the patient’s specific medical need (cancer treatment, pregnancy or diabetes in these cases), patients can take control.  They are able to expand their knowledge base by exploring topics they may not fully understand and learn what the “norm” may be.

2) They enhance the patient-doctor relationship.

Whether they allow users to log questions to ask their physician at their next visit, track medical stats or simply bolster care instructions, these apps provide a tool which can have a positive impact on patient-doctor communication.  Patients who are more involved in their healthcare likely make better patients.

3) They are backed by solid reputations.

Is it necessary for an already-established organization to back an app for it to be successful? No.  Does it help?  Absolutely.  Solid reputations mean access to a higher standard of knowledge, the latest technology and a large, faithful audience.  The result is a higher quality product with a population ready to push download numbers to the top of popularity lists.

For more information, check out the article here: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2012/04/free-healthcare-apps-physicians-prescribe-patients/


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