WebMD Supports Open mHealth in making data-driven patient care a reality

By David on December 17, 2013 - Sign up for free updates here

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I first met Nick Altebrando, Vice President, Product Management at WebMD, at the Hive in Washington, DC. We talked about the need for open protocols to get us away from siloed solutions so that designers, developers and business leaders can focus on the real innovation of making health data meaningful for all.

Today we’re proud to announce a new collaboration with WebMD as we work together to unlock the potential of mobile health. WebMD’s work helps to strengthen the Open mHealth community framework and making it easier for developers to harness personal health data from disparate sources to tell better patients stories and improve patient care.

“We have to get those proprietary technologies out of the way and go to an open ecosystem so that we can focus on making mhealth work for people,” says Bill Pence, CTO and COO of WebMD.

With the tens of thousands of mobile health applications out there like FitBit, UP, Runkeeper, Ginger.io and more, there is no easy way for developers to integrate across the disparate sources of information.

WebMD is one of the most expansive mHealth companies in the world with leading health and wellness apps including WebMD, Medscape (for the clinical community), Baby, Pregnancy , Allergy,  Pain Coach and WebMD Magazine App. WebMD’s mobile apps for consumers have been downloaded more than 20 million times, and WebMD is the number one mobile health destination. Today, WebMD’s connectivity platform is enabling physicians that use its Medscape mobile app to securely send health education and instructions on thousands of conditions, procedures and drugs to their patients who use WebMD’s mobile app.

“We want to make it easy for users to get biometric data into their hands and into their app and make sense of it and take action upon that data”, says Bill Pence.

As you might already know, Open mHealth is a non-profit that believes in a world where disparate mobile health applications can be harnessed to deliver data-driven patient stories. Collaborating with WebMD will help  build out an open ecosystem for health data.

If you or your organization would like to learn more about becoming a corporate partner of Open mHealth’s please email us at admin@openmhealth.org