With roughly 6,000 mobile apps targeting health care consumers, according to a recent Los Angeles Times report, you might think people have had their fill of software that offers advice and information on health topics ranging from how to find a doctor, to emergency first aid protocols, to exercise instructions. But they haven’t—at least not according to the mobile app developers, who keep coming up with inventive ways to package new consumer health offerings.
One of the latest comes from Murrietta, Calif.-based NogWorld LLC, a developer of mobile search technology. The company’s new DocNog California App is designed to help healthcare consumers easily access medical providers. With DocNog California, users can customize their search by zip code, location, physician, hospital, or urgent care facilities, and it includes GPS technology. The app also enables users to add appointments, reminders and refer physicians to family and friends. And it lets users and post ratings regarding their medical provider experience. MobileHealthWatch.com wants to hear from readers about the evolution of mobile apps as they relate to health care consumers. We know, for instance, that docs have voiced concerns over the reliability of the medical information provided by many of these apps. But what about the app users Are they truly health care consumers, purchasing apps and integrating them into their lifestyles Or, are they merely consumers who—thanks to the advent of app stores—have essentially found their way into the mHealth Dept., where they can shop for all manner of applications, whether they utilize them or not What are healthcare professionals observing in the field