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Issue Brief Explores Clinical Management Apps


HMA partnered with The Commonwealth Fund to develop an issue brief examining consumer mobile health applications, or apps. HMA Managing Principal Sharon Silow-Carroll and Principal Barbara Markham Smith explore the use of these apps in “Clinical Management Apps: Creating Partnerships Between Providers and Patients.”

The market for health and wellness apps for use on smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices is still in its infancy, but is expected to double by the end of 2013. The brief explores current apps on the market, and focuses on those that connect patients with their clinicians and help them manage chronic conditions. It reports patient views about clinical management apps, and how these tools are impacting health outcomes. The brief also takes a look at the challenges to develop and spread the use of clinical management apps and what the future might hold for these tools, particularly for reaching vulnerable populations.