Innovative Health Care Apps Debut for Personal and Professional Use
On Dec. 3 at the mHealth Summit in National Harbor, Md., Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini introduced Passage, a fitness application that allows users to travel the world virtually while they exercise. The app was developed with Microsoft for Windows 8 and allows users to sync their workouts with a route in cities such as Barcelona, Spain; New York; or Rome. Passage integrates with Aetna's CarePass cloud-based personal health platform.
Several new health apps reached the market that let users do a variety of things—from a virtual workout in Paris, to keeping track of medication doses and caregiver tasks. Aetna has developed an app called Passage that links workout data with routes in foreign cities. Meanwhile, Epocrates developed a native application for the iPad and iPad Mini to extend its clinical reference tools to the popular Apple tablets. In addition, Microsoft continues to announce new apps in health care for the Windows 8 platform. It worked with NextGen to create the MedicineCabinet app, which allows patients to create a timeline of their medication histories and try to reduce missed doses. Philips has introduced CarePartners Mobile, an app that allows care teams to coordinate care and keep track of tasks, such as scheduling a patient for a flu shot or physical therapy. With both the Consumer Electronics Show and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conferences happening early in 2013, look for announcements of new mobile-health apps. In this slide show, eWEEK highlights some of the innovative mobile health apps announced toward the end of 2012.