TOP 10: mHealth Apps for Android and iOS of 2015
Surveying more than 65...
The Palo Alto, California-based company HealthTap recently released a list of the top health apps as recommended by physicians.
Surveying more than 65,000 physicians in its network and an additional 500,000 in its referral network, HealthTap listed the top apps in an effort to give clinicians and consumers a guide to choosing apps that have been approved by doctors.
With more than 100,000 health and fitness-related apps available to the general public, the market stands as the fastest-growing among all categories of apps – and one with little organization. Federal officials are working on guidelines that would ensure clinical apps are properly regulated, but the vast majority of consumer-facing apps on the market now won't fall under those guidelines.
Still, HealthTap founder and CEO Ron Gutman said doctors are prescribing apps to patients in increasing numbers.
"They want to know which apps are good and which aren't," he said. "They're looking for doctors to curate and recommend apps."
The apps were judged on three standards: ease of use, effectiveness and medical accuracy, and validity and soundness.
The following are the top ten apps for both Android and iOS platforms.
10. Pocket First Aid & CPR (Jive Media)
9. Glucose Buddy – Diabetes Log (Azumio)
8. Fooducate – Healthy Food Diet (Fooducate)
7. Instant Heart Rate (Azumio)
6. Emergency First Aid/Treatment (Phoneflips)
5. RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk (FitnessKeeper)
4. First Aid (American Red Cross)
3. Lose It! (FitNow)
2. White Noise Lite (TMSoft)
1. Weight Watchers Mobile (Weight Watchers International)
10. Fooducate (Foducate)
9. Instant Heart Rate (Azumio)
8. Emergency First Aid & Treatment Guide (Phoneflips)
7. Stroke Riskometer (Autel)
6. Runkeeper (FitnessKeeper)
5. First Aid (American Red Cross)
4. White Noise Lite (TMSoft)
3. Lose It! (FitNow)
2. Weight Watchers Mobile (Weight Watchers International)
1. Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker (MyFitnessPal.com)
NeuTigers: edge AI in healthcare
What is edge AI?
Edge AI is essentially a combination of edge computing and artificial intelligence. Algorithms are processed locally - directly on a mobile device or server - rather than in the cloud. This reduces cost, computing power and energy requirements. There are also claims that edge AI is so fast it is possible to reach near real-time analytics.
Edge AI devices include smart speakers, smart phones, laptops, robots, self-driven cars, drones, and surveillance cameras that use video analytics.
Who is NeuTigers?
NeuTigers is a spin-off company from Princeton University, formed in 2018 to apply edge AI and machine learning to solve challenges in healthcare, energy, productivity, and security.
With offices in Princeton, NJ, the company is based at one of the top AI accelerator programs of FutureLabs in New York, and has also established a subsidiary in Nice, France.
How is NeuTigers applying edge AI to healthcare?
The NeuTigers AI Technology Stack uses deep neural networks that mimic how the human brain perceives and interprets the world. The company has developed the StarDeepTM Smart Health Platform for health monitoring and biomedical imaging, to improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosing diseases.
NeuTigers say the platform has the potential to monitor and screen for thousands of conditions, when used in combination with medical devices and smart sensors already deployed in healthcare settings.
Are there any real world examples?
In January NeuTigers launched CovidDeep, a tool that predicts COVID-19 with more than 90% accuracy, using physiological data from a wristband along with blood pressure and blood oxygen readings. It then analyses the data and gives a prediction within two minutes.
This week NeuTigers announced a new study to detect the early signs of complications with sickle cell anaemia. Conducted at a hospital in Paris, the research will begin by looking at changes to skin response, heart beat, sleep and temperature to predict an acute episode of sickle cell anaemia, and how this impacts on the patients’ disease conditions and quality of life.
The second phase of the project is to expand with prospective studies across different sites in EU, Africa and the US to explore the models' accuracy and clinical effectiveness.
Adel Laoui, CEO and founder of NeuTigers, says: “The best way to deal with a crisis is to avoid it happening in the first place. We are now entering a new era where medical early warning systems have become a reality.
“We are excited at the possibility of deploying a technology that can save lives of patients dealing with sickle cell anaemia. The potential of the StarDeep platform to dramatically improve patient outcomes while slashing some of the highest costs of healthcare makes it one of the most exciting developments in preventative personal medicine.”