An App a Day

New Calit2 division uses mobile technology to put patients in control of their health

Open wide and say “Aah.” Not your mouth – your smart phone or laptop.

Mobile health applications are multiplying like cells in a petri dish. Consumers will soon have 600 million to choose from, analysts say. By 2015, more than a third of the nation’s 1.4 billion smart phone users will run some type of medical app.

At the UC Irvine division of the California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology, researchers, computer scientists, engineers, biologists, chemists and game developers in the new eHealth Collaboratory meld their expertise to produce these applications for healthcare consumers as well as providers.

Calit2 division director G.P. Li calls it a “high-touch” approach.

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