Many clinicians are working on developing mobile apps with specific agendas in mind. Some are creating narrowly focused apps that reach across their discipline to solve particular pain points. Others are developing consumer-facing apps tied to specific chronic disease management programs within their health systems.

For one of Healthcare Informatics’ 2015 Tech Trend stories, I interviewed several health IT leaders about their thinking on mobile app development. One of my favorite quotes from that story was from Rasu Shrestha, M.D., chief innovation officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) health system in Pittsburgh: “Many healthcare organizations have embraced mobility for the sake of leveraging mobility,” he said. “But we don’t believe in just doing mobility to put a checkmark on a requirement list. Yes, we have done mobility.

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