Winner of best medical app 2012 prepares for the shake-out
Compliance and regulation will make the bubble in medical apps burst
29 JUNI 2012, WAARDENBURG, THE NETHERLANDS
SamenvattingIn the Dutch App Store, not one single medical app bears the CE mark; even the combined number of UK and US certified apps can be counted on one hand. This situation will change, however. As of next year, the app that will win the Best Health App award will most certainly be one that is fully CE-certified.
The iPhone app iP Voiding Diary came in first in the race for the prestigious title 'Best Health App 2012'. The prize was awarded during the Apps4Health conference, a joint initiative by Artsennet and MedicalPHIT, held on 20 June in Oegstgeest (the Netherlands). iP Voiding Diary was chosen from a total of 145 entries. The jury called iP Voiding Diary "...a nice looking, fun and intuitive app and, an innovation that is useful to general practitioners and urologists." The jury was especially impressed by the way in which the app increases patient participation with his or her own treatment regimen.
iP Voiding Diary was developed by the Dutch app developer Synappz Medical Apps. This is the second prize awarded to Synappz for this app within a short time span. Last month, Synappz won the title 'Best e-Health Start-Up 2012' during the Doctors 2.0 conference in Paris.
Urologist Erich Taubert is the medical expert within the iP Voiding Diary project team. On behalf of Synappz, he was the one who accepted the beautiful trophy. “I am very proud that our work has been acknowledged in this way, and I am certain that many doctors and patients will benefit from this electronic voiding diary,” said Taubert. A voiding diary is a record of all information pertaining to the user’s fluid balance (fluid intake, pattern of urination, loss of urine) and is an important aid in diagnosing bladder conditions.
Erik van der Zijden and Piet Nelis are the founders of Synappz Medical Apps and have a clear perspective on the future of their area of expertise; they see that this market is evolving rapidly. Nelis gives the following example: “In the Dutch App Store, not one single medical app bears the CE mark; even the combined number of UK and US certified apps can be counted on one hand. This situation will change, however. As of next year, the app that will win the Best Health App award will most certainly be one that is fully CE-certified.”
Van der Zijden sees that history is repeating itself: “Stricter rules and regulations in the area of medical apps will put an end to the rampant growth presently occurring in our market. Just like the Internet Bubble burst at around the turn of the century, I also expect there to be a shake-out under medical app developers.” Synappz is currently working hard to realize the CE marking for iP Voiding Diary, and will strive for this marking for any medical app still to be developed.
For further information about iP Voiding Diary, please see http://www.ip-voiding-diary.com, visit the Facebook page called ipvoidingdiary, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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