HHS pools 33 health apps as free resource to consumers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies have developed 33 mHealth applications that are available for free to the public. The apps cover a range of capabilities including tracking health status, accessing medical information, helping teens quit smoking, finding an HIV/AIDS treatment professional, tracking influenza-like illness activity, accessing a directory of health hotlines across the nation, finding community health centers, and recording current and past medication histories, among others.

"The Digital Strategy requires us to make digital content available where, when, and how citizens want it," states HHS' digital strategy mobile apps landing page. "Many HHS websites are creating mobile versions or using responsive design sites to accomplish this. Others around the Department are creating apps for iPhone and Android smartphones." 

HHS agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Library of Medicine, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Cancer Institute, National Human Genome Research Institute, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, developed the apps. Article