September 29, 2011
Mount Sinai, NYU Langone and Beth Israel among Eleven "Beta" Organizations to Utilize Platform and Provide Mobile Healthcare Apps to Staff
Happtique, the first mobile app store developed by healthcare professionals, for healthcare professionals, today announced that eleven top-tier healthcare organizations will use and test the Happtique custom app store solution. Happtique offers healthcare enterprises-like hospitals, continuing care facilities, and physician practices-the ability to create individually branded, secure, multi-platform app stores that support employee and patient mobile technology use.
In other stores, apps are generally categorized into "medical" or "health," generating hundreds of pages of apps. Happtique has assigned each app to at least one major audience (e.g., physician, nurse, pharmacist, etc.) and at least one broad topic (e.g., heart/cardiovascular). Happtique's Expert Classification Team, which includes a medical librarian, a physician, and a registered nurse, is responsible for the development and continuous refinement of the Happtique app cataloging system.
The Happtique solution will allow the organizations to manage and provide mobile applications to their staff in a private and secure manner. Happtique has organized its launch as a short beta program and is providing each institution with its own branded, private mobile app store.
The participating organizations include Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, NY), Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY), NYU Langone Medical Center (New York, NY), NYU School of Medicine, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation (New Hyde Park, NY), Beth Israel Medical Center (New York, NY), St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center (New York, NY), Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY), The HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley (Kingston, NY), and d4 (United Kingdom).
These institutions have either developed or will develop their own mobile applications and will use their new app stores on Happtique to provide those applications, and others, to their staff. The initial focus will be on Apple and Android platforms with support for Blackberry to follow.
"Innovative technologies such as this are important to help ensure that providers have the most effective mobile tools to aid in the quick delivery of accurate medical applications," said Nader Mherabi, Senior Vice President, Vice Dean and Chief Information Officer of NYU Langone Medical Center. "We are pleased to join our peers as part of this beta program."
The beta period will last for approximately eight weeks, at which time Happtique will offer its solution to additional interested healthcare organizations. Healthcare organizations interested in participating in the post-beta release should contact Happtique through its Web site.
"We are very excited to address the need for secure and customizable healthcare app platforms by providing these hospitals, medical schools and nursing homes with their own app store," said Happtique President, Corey Ackerman. "We will use this short beta period to gain valuable feedback and better understand their specific mHealth needs."
The participating institutions will be able to leverage this curated medical catalog, use it to create more refined catalogs of apps for their own purposes, and have input into how Happtique refines its catalogs in the future.