VA Plans To Launch Health App Store

Anne Zieger | HealthcareDIVE | September 10, 2014

The Veterans Affairs Department has set plans to kick off the first two of several mHealth apps designed to give vets easier and quicker access to healthcare data.  The apps, Summary of Care and Blue Button, both provide access to EHR data, but Blue Button lets users create a PDF file to share data with providers outside the VA.  The two apps will be the first to be housed in the VA's upcoming app store, a $9.3-million project due to be completed this fall. The app store will support apps across several platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry.

According to VA leaders, the agency's apps strategy is playing off its population's growing use of smart phones and mobile devices to track and monitor health and fitness efforts. They estimate that 25% of diabetic patients in the system are using mHealth blood-testing apps for tracking sugar levels. VA project managers hope that its users are equally interested in other apps that will help them improve their health...