Updated on 17 September 2013
In addition, many mHealth application developers preferred choice has been Apple's iOS mobile devices such as iPad, and iPhone which provides user experience as number of mHealth apps quickly increasing in Apple's App Store. Other major platform providers are Nokia with its Symbian OS, RIM with its Blackberry OS, and Microsoft with its Windows mobile OS family and the Latest being Windows Phone 7. The platforms can subsequently be used as a basis to develop new applications for specific purposes. Generally the mHealth application framework helps to cut down on medical equipment costs and from patient's point of view, it reduces use of medical facilities by implementing novel methods that provide accurate diagnosis and targeted therapy.
Apple's App Store distributes mHealth applications in two categories, wherein one is 'medical' and the other category is 'healthcare & fitness.' Examples for mHealth apps include management of BP (blood pressure) by utilizing wearable intelligent sensors and personal healthcare information systems.
Exemplary patent scenario
With lot of technological developments, this field has resulted in a wide range of patents being filed, covering various aspects of such applications. For example, CellTrak Technologies holds two granted patents US Patent 8019622 and US Patent 8380542 on mHealth Apps for home healthcare workers. US Patent 8019622 titled "Home health point-of-care and administration system" was granted by USPTO on September 13, 2011. The patent specification discloses a home health point-of-care and administration system. The mHealth app solves key important problems such as staff scheduling, tracking and travel management, visit record and care plan administration, and communications faced while providing home healthcare workers.
The mHealth application provides improved monitoring, reporting, data communication, and tracking of information relating to field service personnel such as visiting staff in the home healthcare field. US Patent 8380542 titled "System and method for facilitating outcome-based health care" was granted by USPTO on February 19, 2013. The patent specification discloses that the caregivers and the entire care team can see the results of assessments in real-time and make changes to the care plan provided to the patient. A care plan can be changed just as quickly as assessment results are gathered. The care team no longer needs to wait for information to be manually entered into a system because this process has been eliminated.
The mHealth app allows the care team to access in real-time a patient's health record simultaneously. The care team may also be able to access other records of the patient, such as a personal healthcare record that is owned and maintained by the patient. The mobile application integrates home health point-of-care mobility and administration system that enables efficiencies with scheduling, staff management, time and attendance, GPS and directions, and delivering a patient specific care plan at the point-of-care.