Red Cross, Pediatric Academy tools top list of best mHealth apps

The American Red Cross' First Aid mobile app, and KidsDoc--an app created by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Self Care Decisions--lead the way when it comes to top health and medical applications, according to a pair of reviews of health apps currently available in the iOS and Android app stores by HealthTap. First Aid is the top Android app and KidsDoc leads the Apple app health and wellness segment.

The lists, the first annual from HealthTap AppRx, were chosen by the company's network of 65,000 physicians. They reviewed tens of thousands of apps among the 100,000 healthcare-focused ones available in each of the app stores.

"We regularly survey the millions of people who come to us looking for trusted health information," HealthTap Founder and CEO Ron Gutman said in an announcement. "We've received a significant amount of feedback from our users, telling us that they're confused by the deluge of app choices available to them. Doctors, too, told us they'd like to learn which apps their peers recommended."

Last month, ARC 360 published a report in which medical software and health/fitness apps are finding fans while achieving an average satisfaction score.

The HealthTap AppRx report lists the chosen apps under 30 separate categories, which include "Medical Conditions" and "Sleep & Dreams." KidsDoc is recommended by 169 physicians, while First Aid has the support of 280 physicians. 

HealthTap says its list will prove helpful to developers.

Still, some mHealth app makers are under scrutiny by industry watchers for failing to cater to patients who need such tools, with one stating that most developers are creating "pet rock" apps.

For more information:
- download the reviews
- read the announcement

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