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Ahead of Apple CareKit’s Debut, Physicians Still Skeptical of Health Apps: Developers

Ahead of Apple CareKit’s Debut, Physicians Still Skeptical of Health Apps: Developers

There’s been plenty of fanfare about the rise of mobile health but it’s still early days for health apps at the doctor’s office. While a third of U.S. physicians say they have recommended an app to patients, most are wary of fully integrating them into their medical practices. They’re not sure how to choose an app that really works and worry about how much time it will take busy staff to learn and coordinate app-based care. Apple’s new CareKit, an open source software development platform set to launch in April , aims to help with at least one of these problems. CareKit will allow developers to build apps that share the same guts, some of which are intended to smooth the transfer of information between physicians and patients. CareKit’s first four modules will include a scorecard to log whether a user has taken medicine or exercised, a symptom tracker to build surveys to r...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/...

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