Open mHealth

Cell phone apps are becoming increasingly important for getting our news, staying organized, and even becoming healthier. Every day, more apps are created for finding health information, and tracking and sharing health data with our health care providers. These mobile health (mHealth) apps are becoming more popular—with one in five smartphone users now having a health app, according to Pew Internet. However, many of these apps are not built in an open-source way that allows easier data-sharing across platforms or collects data as useful guides for action for patients and providers, such as allowing physicians to track a patient’s symptoms between appointments.

To break down barriers between health and technology, RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio supports Open mHealth, a nonprofit that aims to make use of mobile health data by building a free open-source platform. This approach will help developers create apps that patients, providers, and researchers can use to collect, analyze, and share health data. Through this open approach, mHealth will be able to reach its full potential sooner.

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Open mHealth

San Francisco, CA

Deborah Estrin
Project Director

Ida Sim
Project Director

.@OpenmHealth connects innovators in health & technology to make #mHealth apps more meaningful

Experts estimate 1 in 5 smartphone users has an #mHealth app that can be used to improve health

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An Open Architecture to Improve Individual- and Population-Level Health

An Open Architecture to Improve Individual- and Population-Level Health

Open approaches have accelerated innovation in many fields—including the creation of the Internet—and can similarly advance the mHealth field. By fostering an open architecture and encouraging developers and health innovators to collaborate, Open mHealth is promoting industry-wide cooperation and growth, rather than siloed technologies and competition, to create more effective mHealth apps.

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