Building mHealth Apps

Building mHealth Apps

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Hey, my name is Sean and I usually share my thoughts online at my Family Health Guy blog, but I’ve got some pretty exciting news, so the Windows Phone guys were kind enough to share their space with me.

There’s a huge groundswell of investment and activity around “mobile health” --- technologies like Windows Phone 7 are helping people become safer, healthier, active and independent. “Health and Fitness” is one of the hottest categories in the Windows Phone Marketplace, and developers like you have contributed hugely to the breadth and quality of those apps.

We are super-excited to announce that we’ve just enabled Microsoft HealthVault, an online service that helps consumers manage, store and share their health information, for mobile development--- so you can be part of the mHealth Revolution. Woo hoo!

Using HealthVault will make your mobile health apps safer and more secure, but the REALLY cool thing is how they’ll become connected to the rest of the HealthVault ecosystem. HealthVault already has connectivity to dozens of health and fitness devices --- it can import medication records from Walgreens and CVS, lab results from Quest and LabCorp, medical images from discs (X-Ray viewer for WP7 anybody?), and much more --- combining mobile capabilities like location and social networking, the potential is pretty wicked.

To learn more and get started coding, check out the WP7 HealthVault library on Codeplex. We can’t wait to see what you build!

Sean Nolan
Distinguished Engineer, Health Solutions Group

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  • This is indeed a step in the right direction.To make things easier, Sensaris developed a Bluetooth to WiFi bridge so that developers can start building mHealth apps with mHealth devices (oxymeter, glucometer, thermometer, blood pressure, ECG etc.) and provide apps working with Bluetooth even if the SPP profile is not enabled.If you are interested in this mHealth bridge, send us a note via our website http://www.sensaris.com.

  • Is the Microsoft HealtVault bluetooth access for WP7 phone plaform not available to all developers?

  • lmahar
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    We are an mHealth developer and service provider. The most significant shortfall of the WP7 patform is the lack of Bluetooth support. We have developed our mobile application for diabetes management on Window Mobile 6.5, Android and for feature phones with J2ME support. Unfortunately we cannot develop our app for WP7. I am not sure how you can characterize WP7 as a great  mHealth platform without this support since most devices such as our bluetooth enabled glucometers, BP monitors, weight scales, pulse oximeters, etc all communicate via Bluetooth SPP profile! I am also disappointed that I have not seen any mention of Bluetooth support in the upcomng Mango release. I hope I am wrong on this!