Are mhealth apps user friendly?

The user-friendly interaction between the mhealth user (both patients and healthcare professionals) is crucial for the development of new mhealth products and services. So much can go wrong preventing acceptance and ruin a good concept. In a survey published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) German researchers found that only 6% of a group of diabetic patients were using apps. In all, 90 per cent didn’t understand the apps’ functions, while 66 per cent couldn’t get a handle on menu navigation or labels, 48 per cent felt the font sizes were too small, 48 per cent didn’t recognize touch-sensitive areas, 38 per cent felt the apps ”lacked individually important functions” and 34 per cent felt they were unnecessary for their needs.

Read more: http://www.mhealthnews.com/news/think-apps-are-easy-design-guess-again?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoiv6jOZKXonjHpfsX57e8sWqO1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4FRMBnI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQ7LHMbpszbgPUhM%3D

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EPIC AND APP STORE

One of US largest EMR vendors Epic is reportedly launching its own app store for development of mobile apps that synch with the company’s EHR platform. Epic, the Mayo Clinic and Apple have also been collaborating on applications for Apple’s HealthKit platform, and the New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System last year unveiled its own app that integrates HealthKit  with its Epic EMR.

In Sweden similar action is taken by the Vinnova project ”Mina Vårdflöden” and the start of Health Innovation Platform (hip.se) March 5.

Read more http://www.mhealthnews.com/news/epic-open-its-own-app-store?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoiu6XMZKXonjHpfsX57e8sWqO1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4FTsBkI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQ7LHMbpszbgPUhM%3D

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mHelath regulation protocols from FDA soon ready

mHealth News reports that he U.S. Food and Drug Administration is nearing the finish line in its efforts to define its regulation protocols for mobile medical apps.

The protocols will be good news for both developers/ and healthcare providers/entrepreneurs and will probably boost the mhealth market even more.

Read more

http://www.mhealthnews.com/news/fda-puts-finishing-touches-app-regulations?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRolsqjPZKXonjHpfsX57e8sWqO1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4FTMVqI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQ7LHMbpszbgPUhM%3D

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HIP

HIP (hip.se) is a new platform for e-and mhealth entrepreneurs and innovators.

The aim of Health innovation Platform (HIP), one part of the on-going project ”Mina Vårdflöden”, is to develop new health services by combining access to patient data and open innovation.

The project is now calling all companies interested in taking part of this interesting opportunity. More information about the newt HIP-meeting in Stockholm, March 5, will follow.

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Mobile telehealth shaves critical minutes

M-health is now contributing to a faster and smarter stroke management. Read more of the experience from the university of Calgary.

Read more  http://www.calgaryscientific.com/blog/mobile-telehealth-shaves-critical-minutes-from-stroke-onset-to-treatment

In southern Sweden we have used telemedicine and teleradiology to manage stroke patients since in the late 1990ies but to my knowledge there is no official use of smartphone yet.

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LET´S PLAY

Have you seen LeapBand – ”the only activity tracker just for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits with customizable pet pal”?

Wearable is hot! The LeapBand from LeapFrog, (http://www.leapfrog.com/en-gb/products/leapband.html)is well known for its tablet games and other products targeted at education children, can be set with up to 50 challenges by the parents (or the child).

Take a look and be inspired by Tinitell  http://www.tinitell.com from Stockholm, a new start up developing a wearable phone and GPS tracker.

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Take a good look at Kaiser Permanente

Last year, more than 10.5 million patient-doctor visits via e-mail, telephone or video tools were made at Kaiser Permanente in California, US. A secure -e-mailservice and mobile services for patiens scheduled før surgery are some of the successfull mhealth services.

Some of these popular services are reported at ”Kaiser Permanente Northern California: ”Current Experiences with Internet, Mobile and Video Technologies, (The Kaiser Report),”

It is obvious that this interesting initiative is an important part of the Kaiser Permanenet strategy. The strategy is well communicated and the reported results so far are inspiring.

Kaiser Permanente is moving fast! In the Oresund Region we have all ”tools” necessary for a similar radid development. Why do we lag behind?

Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24493768

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Integration, identification and education

3 trends will shape the future for telehealth, claims Jason Goldberg, president and founder of IDEAL LIFE. The start has perhaps been disappointing but now Goldberg sees a market shift in his favour. IN my opinion the analysis is correct but there are other factors that might be of equal importance: display, interaction and attractive business models.

Read more at http://www.mhealthnews.com/news/3-trends-shaping-telehealth?page=0

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