One of the recent developments to come out of the recent Doctors 2.0 conference in Paris was pApp.
The idea behind pApp is that it allows doctors and other healthcare professionals the ability to create mobile apps for their patients without any advanced coding knowledge.
The concept of the app is that healthcare professionals can select the functions necessary for the app which are then combined into a patient specific downloadable app.
pApp is based on a web platform which allows any user the ability to create a medical app and share it with the community.
Users can select from a range of bundles which are then combined into a unique app for a specific patient.
The advantage of this method is that doctors can simply create a one stop medical app which caters to specific patients needs. This would reduce the need for a range of medical apps for one patient. The ability for healthcare professionals to build patient specific apps has potential implications for a range of areas including but not limited to:
- Clinical uses
- Data collection
- Health promotion
- Patient Education
At this stage, the range of modules (functions) available is relatively limited and includes bundles that offer the ability to track medicines, cardiovascular, urinary as well as gastrointestinal symptoms. Each individual pApp runs within a mobile phone app which patients can put data into.
From a developers perspective, there is scope to link pApp to a range of other data sources given the back-end which uses the latest standards and protocols in healthcare to store and export data. This is coupled with API’s which offer the potential to link to wearable devices, sensors and other platforms.
The most exciting aspect of pApp is the fact that it is breaking down barriers for doctors to create mobile medical apps. As the feature set of pApp grows, doctors will be able to build more advanced apps with increased functionality. There is also the ability for healthcare professionals to access and note the data within each app remotely which would perhaps make telemonitoring and telehealthcare a more straightforward process.
At the moment, pApp is still in development and not on general release; however, iMedicalApps will continue to cover pApp and its potential to enhance patient centered medical app care.