Dates of Project: September 2011 through December 2015
Description: The development of mobile health (mHealth) applications (or apps) for smartphones and wearable electronic devices has created vast amounts of personal health data that could be of tremendous value to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. To date, however, fragmentation of the mHealth ecosystem and its lack of data standards has prevented its rich potential from being realized.
Beginning in September of 2011, a team of computer and clinical professionals worked to establish a nonprofit consortium called Open mHealth aimed at developing a set of open source software architecture that could integrate data from a wide variety of mHealth sources and translate that data into a cohesive, useful form for health care providers.
As of July 2014, the Open mHealth team had:
Assembled a team of expert advisors from the programming and health communities to suggest alternatives for a practical open source system for mHealth applications
Built a specification for how data can be exposed to support integration, and released a software implementation of that specification for developers to get started
Held a contest in which more than 40 developers created applications using the Open mHealth software, competing for a prize of $100,000
Used the Open mHealth software to develop test applications to address problems related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Lessons from Project HealthDesign
Strategies for Safeguarding Patient-Generated Health Information Created or Shared Through Mobile Devices.