Health IT

Could a collaborative platform accelerate digital health development?

Frank Moss of the MIT Media Lab and director of the New Media Medicine group discussed some of the projects the lab has undertaken to help people manage their own health and speed up the development of digital health apps and devices at Social Media Week in New York. “We dramatically underestimate the power of […]

Frank Moss of the MIT Media Lab and director of the New Media Medicine group discussed some of the projects the lab has undertaken to help people manage their own health and speed up the development of digital health apps and devices at Social Media Week in New York.

“We dramatically underestimate the power of ordinary people to take control of their health using digital technology,” Moss said.

A collaborative platform has been under development by lead researcher John Moore in the New Media Medicine group. Collaborhythm was initiated to address the issue of the diverse number of unconnected technologies being developed for mobile health. The rationale is that applications that share some of the same core technologies could speed up the rate of app development and the growth of the mobile health market.

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The platform also includes plug-ins and services that people seeking to develop a consumer health app could use such as a medication clock, medication concentration charts, gaming and social networking.

“The idea is this could do for mobile health what Windows did for the PC,” Moss said.

Among the institutions that have been researching how they can harness the platform are the Mayo Clinic, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Children’s Hospital of Boston.

AT&T just announced it is developing its own collaborative platform for digital health.

Moss recently wrote an editorial in The New York Times making the case for medical technology advances that could revitalize the economy and reduce healthcare costs.