The state of apps in healthcare is constantly rising in fidelity and it’s not just because of better design. Tech giants like Apple and Google are making improvements to their mobile platforms in order to create improved functionality for #mHealth developers. Organizations such as the Commonwealth Fund are providing clarity to help consumers determine which patient facing apps are actually beneficial and effective. All this to say that while apps in healthcare are improving, the metrics and measure by which these apps are evaluated will most likely see an increase in fidelity as well. I can’t wait for there to be a patient engagement score or a health design award just for healthcare apps.
From recent savvy hires to strategic decisions to support HL7, Apple seems poised to do great things in Healthcare. But does this mean Apple is creating the next iTunes for healthcare or are they creating the next iOS for healthcare; potentially enabling countless developers and companies to innovate on top of their platform?
The FDA evaluates medications for safety and quality standards and a physician prescribes based on the individual needs of the patient. So who is doing the same for healthcare apps? Is it time all apps in healthcare are evaluated on similar criteria?