Healthcare is in the middle of a mobile revolution. Doctors are adopting mobile apps that make them more effective, and patients are taking to ones that give them more control over their healthcare. Here are 11 apps that stand out from the crowd.
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Castlight Health brings comparison shopping to the healthcare market. This healthcare shopping app, which is provided to consumers by employers and health insurers, incorporates information from a patient's healthcare plan and helps locate doctors and hospitals available under the plan. Castlight details out-of-pocket costs for each provider and gives information on the providers' specialty, board certifications, and ratings from other patients.
When the app provides hospital options, it includes data from patient discharge surveys and evidence-based clinical quality information. It also gives insight into available health plan benefits, where members stand in the plan, and advice on how to make more effective use of plan benefits. The app runs on Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android OS, and Blackberry.
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