How Helpful are Mobile Healthcare Apps?

Without clinician input and validation, healthcare apps could be a liability

Orrin I. Franko, MD

The use of mobile technology to assist physicians and patients, recently dubbed “mHealth,” has firmly established its presence in hospitals and training programs nationwide. One of the most visible aspects of mHealth includes the use of mobile smartphones and tablets that run applications (apps) that can function as clinical examination tools, reference databases, technique guides, or medical calculators.

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