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Healthcare Mobile Apps Made Easy

Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2011

The free ID Podcasts Mobile Viewer app, one of the first infectious diseases apps for the iPad, provides viewers with more than 100 hours of educational content to browse. The goals of the app are to:

  • Promote USF's infectious disease program at the College of Medicine (to boost number of trainees)
  • Reach an international audience
  • Promote research to other physicians in the infectious disease field

USF promotes the app through the IDpodcast.net website, word of mouth, blogs, and prepared fliers handed out at conferences. On average, the app receives 50 downloads a week and about 600-1000 downloads a year, Oehler says. When choosing a developer to help design and build the app, Oehler researched both local vendors and those with a larger national presence. He ended up choosing a local vendor to create the app.

The hope is that there will be more apps developed "and a partnership with the university," said Oehler. "We've been able to keep costs down. Development cost has been a few thousand dollars. I had looked at developers with more of an international presence for $5,000 to $25,000."

New York University Langone Medical center found a similar challenge in searching for the right developer for the NYU Physician app. The goal of a free app is to extend the reach of the magazine at a lower-per-issue cost. Deborah Sabalusky, public relations coordinator, NYU Langone Medical Center told HealthLeaders in an email.

The app is promoted through NYU's internal newsletters, the table of contents page of the NYU Physician print magazine, and the back cover of the NYU alumni newsletter.

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