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Apps for Health Care Providers: First, Do No Harm

August 2015
IT Business Edge

[Several keys to modern health care apps for practitioners] are proactivity, ease of use and context. Dr. Erin Jospe, a practicing physician and Associate Chief Medical Officer at PatientKeeper, which produces an app that provides instant, provider-determined access to patient information on mobile devices, says that it is important to find applications that easily interact with other applications and tools. Apps must be intuitive, give the user the ability to easily sift through data, and must empower the practitioner to use the information that is generated. “The hallmark is that you must be able to move beyond view-only and act on things,” Dr. Jospe said.

Jospe also suggests that individual apps will need to be able to work with others. Experts suggest that now discrete apps will become modules on platforms, perhaps running on iOS and Android, that will share underlying infrastructure, such as Big Data capabilities, common user interfaces and other features.

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