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Building a Better Healthcare App

Americans are becoming more and more health conscious every day, and with the proliferation of smart devices, keeping track of our health is getting easier. One sure way to get Americans to pay attention to their bodies is through the use of healthcare apps. In fact, medical apps are exploding in the Apple and Android app stores, and smartphone users with chronic conditions have already unlocked the power of healthcare apps and other users are not far behind.

With the medical app market expanding from its $490 million 2015 level, when 40 percent of sales came from health monitoring apps, it seems that the opportunity is ripe for developers to get into the action.

One recent report published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research  found that one in three mobile users with chronic conditions is already using apps to help them manage their health. And yet, according to a 2014 report co-authored by Murray Aiken, executive director of the IMS Institute of Healthcare Informatics, almost half (46 percent) of the medical apps available from the Apple store were not actually healthcare apps at all, according to an IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics infographic on mHealth News and just 159 of the 43,700 apps had the ability to track or capture user data.

So what makes for a good app?

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Using Mobile Applications to Increase Hospital Productivity

Reblogged from the Huffington Post, by Ron Avignone

We’ve shown you how one AppSheet user improved a hospital’s efficiency with a DIY mobile app designed for cardiovascular surgery scheduling.

In his Huffington Post article, Using Mobile Applications to Increase Hospital Productivity, Giva founder and CEO Ron Avignone posits that even though mobile apps have already boosted productivity for medical personnel significantly, the best is yet to come. Avignone imagines the kinds of medical apps that could continue advancing the medical profession and what types of challenges they might tackle.

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App Innovator: Kim Harford with Cancerdata.com

Close to eight million people worldwide die from cancer each year. It’s a shocking statistic, and even after thousands of years, we still don't know all the causes and haven't pulled all the links together, so the cure is still very much a fight.

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App Innovator: An App to Schedule Cardiovascular Surgeries


LK Levent is an avid motorcycle rider and instructor

Levent Kulaçoglu is one of the most active members of our community and an expert in AppSheet. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, he's currently the Project Director for one of the largest construction projects in Europe. He's been developing apps with AppSheet to serve all kinds of purposes, such as financial modeling or recording training activities in his motorcycle club. To date, however, his most successful app was one he designed to help his wife, a cardiovascular surgeon, keep track of her hospital's scheduled surgeries.

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Apps for Health: Helping Diagnose TB Patients in Venezuela


SergioPoliFrom left to right: Dr. Sergio Poli, a patient, and a child from one of the indigenous communities

For as long as he can remember, Sergio Poli, a doctor and researcher in Caracas, Venezuela, was using paper forms to interview his patients about their health histories.

Sergio is helping to diagnose and eliminate cases of Tuberculosis, which-- though not a dire threat here in the United States-- continues to be a leading cause of death in developing countries.

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