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Ask the Experts: Are Apps Invading Healthcare?

Kenneth Mandl, MD

Ken-CBMI-photo croppedMandl is a Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Boston Children’s Hospital Chair in Biomedical Informatics and Population Health. He leads the transformative SMART Platforms initiative to design the “app store for health” and is principal investigator of the Scalable Collaborative Infrastructure for a Learning Health System across Boston hospitals and nationally.

Q: What is the state of apps in healthcare today? Are patients and doctors using them?

Most apps in use are smartphone apps which are disconnected from the core clinical data in EHRs and clinical data warehouses.

Q: What are the biggest benefits of using apps in healthcare?

The promise is to connect clinician and patient facing apps to the data generated by the care delivery system

Q: What are the biggest concerns you have about apps being more widely used in healthcare?

We should be driving toward a common public API to promote an apps ecosystem with tremendous economies of scale, such that an app written once can run anywhere.

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Jennifer M. Joe, MD

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

    My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.

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