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April’s first installment of the “Best of iMedicalApps”

In this installment, we look at whether smartphones are distracting for clinicians, discuss the Lancet iPad journal app, and look at a cool new device that helps you track your fitness called the Nike Fuelband. Additionally, we demonstrate how easy it is to check out an iPad from a medical library, review an app that contains health advice for patients, and lastly, we show you the future of TEDMED.

Health 2.0 launches Hokie Health app challenge

Health 2.0, an organization/movement that wants to bridge the gap between technology and healthcare, recently announced that the Hokie Health Code-a-thon which will be held April 13-14 in Blacksburg, Virginia. This two day challenge will bring together people and teams from a variety of professions and talents with the goal of developing applications that enhance care quality, safety and efficiency. This contest will require teams to develop prototypes of the apps they are creating and will be given the opportunity to show off their product.

iSonea launches clinical trial to assess effectiveness of its acoustic asthma monitoring device

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects people of all ages. While traditionally, spirometry has been used to study children and adults with asthma, pediatric patients were typically too young to participate. iSonea, a company that develops acoustic respiratory monitoring devices, has recently found a solution to this problem and announced the launch of a post-market study using their WheezoMeter monitoring technology. The study, called Wheeze Rate Correlation and found on clinicaltrails.org is planned for two locations in California.

The best of iMedicalApps, the first installment of March

March is here, and that means nicer weather along with March Madness! Because we know you have busy lives (along with a lot of basketball to watch) we have condensed for you our top, favorite posts of March thus far. For this installment, we discuss everything from the new iPad to ways you can take an idea for a healthcare app and turn it into a reality. We also look at ways social media is influencing various aspects of patient care.

Creating your own app? Learn to design before learning to code

Anyone contemplating how to create their own app already has a vision of what that app will look like and how it will work in their own head. By teaching yourself design principles—both visual and interaction—you will be better equipped to flesh out your app idea and maximize its appeal. You will avoid making clumsy mistakes that go against typical design conventions and, with a little creativity, generate your own conventions for others to shamelessly steal. Teaching yourself to code actually works against this because you begin to think about and conceptualize your app based on your limited coding skill set. Instead of thinking about your project from a user perspective, you begin thinking about the guts inside it and how the nuts and bolts will fit together to make a working product.

SXSW Hackathon challenges developers to create a great mobile health app in 24 hours

Today, March 9th, is a big day for certain participants in this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) located in Austin, Texas. Health 2.0 and AT&T have teamed up to host SXSW’s official Mobile App Hackathon. While the title may be a bit misleading, the goal of this contest is to challenge developers, UI/UX designers and researchers to build mobile health applications–all within a period of 24 hours. The contest is being held in the Austin Convention Center.

Sensei announced winner of $100K CardioEngagement Challenge at HIMSS

Sensei (@senseiinc) was announced the winner of the $100K Novartis CardioEngagement Challenge. Sensei’s mobile application suite is described on the challenge website as a fully featured health and wellness program. Using the mobile phone as a tracking system and educator, Sensei offers a holistic approach, integrating modules for healthy eating, fitness, weight management, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, […]

US Surgeon General announces winners of its Healthy Apps Challenge

The winners of the Surgeon General’s Healthy Apps Challenge, first launched at the mHealth Summit in December, were announced last week. The four winning apps were selected from three categories: Healthy Eating/Nutrition Physical Fitness/Activity Integrative Health/Well-being These four apps represent a range of imaginative solutions to encourage people make better food choices, exercise more and […]