BlackBerry 10 to Hit Market with Array of Health Care Apps
With the BlackBerry Z10 announced Jan. 30 and arriving March 22, consumers will have several health care applications to choose from on the new BlackBerry 10 platform. The BlackBerry World app store offers health care apps for doctors to make medical decisions and fitness enthusiasts to track their progress. The Apple iOS platform is where users can currently connect remote-monitoring devices, such as glucometers, blood pressure cuffs and WiFi scales, to the Apple iPhone. For BlackBerry 10, however, you'll find apps such as fitness tools, resources on medications and medical terms, and viewers for radiology images. "The new BlackBerry 10 smartphones offer significantly faster performance and higher-resolution displays—excellent for viewing medical images," Derek Peper, vice president for enterprise partnerships at BlackBerry, said in a statement. As developers continue to port their apps over from Android, look for additional apps to be introduced on BlackBerry 10. In this slide show, eWEEK highlights 10 health care apps you can run on the BlackBerry 10 platform.
Viewing Radiology Images
Claron Technology's Nil app takes advantage of the BlackBerry 10 platform's multi-touch capabilities to allow physicians to swipe through X-rays, CT scans, Magnetic Resonance and echocardiogram images (shown here). The free app pulls the medical images from Claron's NilCloud or a medical facility's Nil server. It complements access to picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), according to Claron. It also allows doctors to manipulate images in single- or multiple-window displays.