40 healthcare apps for clinicians and consumers to know

It seems like every week in 2015 — if not most days — brought news of a new healthcare startup company whose app garnered millions in early funding. Not all of these apps will take off, and many are still vying to snag the dominant spot in their respective categories. For example, we don’t yet know who will become the ‘Uber of healthcare’ yet, but a handful of companies with clever names and eye-catching platforms are aggressively grappling for the title. The same can be said for apps in the telehealth, prescription management, physician reference, patient portal and house call categories.

Here are 40 apps to know from both the provider and patient sides, some of which just might end up edging out the rest come 2016.

Editor’s Note: Apps were chosen through editorial discretion.

22otters (Palo Alto, Calif.). Funded in part by Nuance Communications, Gamgee’s 22otters patient outreach platform aims to streamline procedure logistics for patients and providers by making customization for each patient simple. Providers can dictate instructions into the app, such as medication information, and set alerts for patients as well. The app enables simple post-discharge follow-up by allowing providers to see when patients have completed certain tasks, if they have questions about their care, or if they have forgotten to take medications, among other things.

AmWell (Boston). Ranked the most popular consumer telehealth app in the world in 2014 by app analytics services company App Annie, AmWell is American Well’s answer for enabling clinicians and patients to connect remotely. The app’s features include a virtual waiting room for patients, e-prescribing, online documentation and payment collection. The app connects physicians with both their own patients and with new patients through its Online Care Group. The platform is HIPAA-compliant and includes training, clinical guidelines and peer support for clinicians.

AskMD (Atlanta). ShareCare developed AskMD with the aim of creating a personal health history portal that also shares insights about a user’s health. The app uses voice recognition technology powered by Nuance and stores insurance, medication and preferred physician information. It also contains a question and answer-based service that connects patients with specialists.

BetterDoctor (San Francisco). Created to enable consumers to make better decisions about their care and equipped with an application program interface that encourages collaboration, BetterDoctor’s founders are focused on transparency in the healthcare marketplace. The app seeks to enable physicians to grow their practices by building an online presence and helps consumers locate clinicians near them using an algorithm that queries referral networks, education and experience. The company places an emphasis on innovation and encourages developers to access its comprehensive database and integrate using its application program interface.

Blue Star (Baltimore). WellDoc’s FDA-cleared mobile app, BlueStar, is the first type 2 diabetes therapy to be made available only by prescription. BlueStar analyzes diabetes data entered by the patient, such as blood glucose levels. The software delivers summarized data and analytics to a patient’s healthcare team and provides a self-management plan to help the patient improve their condition. Endocrinologist Suzanne Clough, MD, founded WellDoc in 2005 to empower diabetes patients in their day-to-day lives.

Burnout Proof (Seattle). Developed by Dike Drummond, MD — “The Happy MD” — this app is physician-tested and contains numerous resources and tools geared toward a single goal: reducing physician burnout. Burnout Proof falls into a much less-populated category of healthcare app aimed specifically at improving the physician experience by offering guided meditation and imagery for office use and “mini-trainings” for how to handle stress and feelings of burnout in healthcare settings.

CareConnect (Jacksonville, Fla.). Nemours Children’s Hospital developed CareConnect to be the world’s first pediatric-specific telemedicine app for mobile devices. The app enables face-to-face consultation with pediatricians around the clock, enabling parents to get answers about their child’s care without having to bring them to an emergency room. Nemours offers the visits for $49 and can treat a range of standard urgent care issues. Clinicians can also e-prescribe using CareConnect.

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