How apps should be designed to support sustainable lifestyle changes and thus prevent diseases, remains a contentious issue. The second Digital Health Market Report in November 2015 stated that the time for fun health apps is over: Digital innovations will serve in the future directly for everyday medical practice. Eight megatrends are named in applications for e-Health:
- Apps for analysis of everyday life (eg: aryaapp.co, xbird.io).
- Health Coaching To Go (eg: curendo.de, mawendo.de, novego.de)
- In clinical studies testet therapy apps (eg: caterna.de, tinnitracks.de).
- Patient files on smartphones (eg: connected-health.eu)
- Online Consultation (eg: patientus.de, arztkonsultation.de)
- Pharmacy on smartphones (eg: apoly.de, medisafe.com).
- Smartphones in conjunction with pocket ECG (eg: preventicus.com, cardiogo.de, lifepatch.eu).
- Patient-eHealth-Communities (eg crohnlogs.de, dedoc.de)
The apps of the future should excel by three characteristics: They relate to everyday needs of users, are easy to use and intelligently made.
Read and see more (unfortunately following source is only avalaible in German):
E-PATIENT RSD. Digitaler Gesundheitsmarkt Report (DGM). November11, 2015. Link: http://epatient-rsd.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/PM_EPatientRSD_11Nov2015.pdf and http://epatient-rsd.com/marktanalyse-digitaler-gesundheitsmarkt/