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)
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”