Prescribing Mobile Apps
If you’re like most people, you primarily learn about and download apps from the two goliaths of the mobile app world: iTunes and Google Play. At T2, we’ve recently added most of our Android apps to the Amazon Appstore to serve the many service members using the Kindle Fire. At times users learn about apps from other forms of media including websites, blogs, and [*Gasp*] even print media. Thank you QR codes!
The Defense Department is engaged in planning a separate app store to help serve the military community. Most likely, this service will focus on mobile device management (MDM) for DoD-owned and managed phones and tablets. In other words, this initiative will help DoD employees use mobile technology in the workplace on our work devices. It probably won’t be a site we refer our patients to, and it certainly won’t be where we go to browse for fun new games to entertain the kids on road trips.
The new MDM strategy raises this question: What is the best way to find and prescribe quality technologies to our patients ? Currently, providers help their patients learn about relevant and trustworthy apps and websites through discussions or printed materials. At T2 we are brainstorming new ways to help integrate these resources into treatment as usual. It’s difficult to predict what will work best for our patients: formal military health app stores, improved marketing, or something new? What suggestions do you have for helping to get the best technology to your patients?