One of the biggest trends in healthcare IT is the huge boom in mobile technology, whether in the form of bring-your-own-device (BYOD), facility-supplied vertically-integrated mobility, patient self-care, or patient/provider collaboration.
However, until now, I've never had a place to send you to find a collection of great healthcare apps in one place. As it turns out, Apple has solved that problem.
Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and scroll down to the row marked "Collections" on the home page. Swipe to the left and tap your finger on "App Collections". This will take you to a long page that consists of sets of apps for a variety of different interests, from photography to cooking to getting in shape, and more.
At the very bottom of this list is a collection specifically designed for healthcare professionals. As far as I can tell, it's the only app collection Apple specifically spotlights for a professional category, rather than consumers. Tap that button, and you'll see a page filled with apps.
Apple offers apps in the following sub-categories:
- Reference apps
- Medical education apps
- EMR and patient monitoring
- Patient education, and
- Personal care
There are a lot of great resources in this collection, and many of them are free. Go ahead and download some of them. It's the healthy thing to do.
What's your favorite healthcare app? Do you have one for Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, or another platform you'd like to share. Post in the comments below.