Military Mobile Health Developers Release First Two Apps
Two free mobile applications produced by the U.S. Air Force's Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia, or CEMM, are now available for airmen and all military health system beneficiaries, according to the official website of Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo.
The apps are the first two mobile applications created by the CEMM. The CEMM is an office of the Air Force Surgeon General, located at the United States Air Force Academy, with the mission of providing interactive multimedia medical patient education throughout the military health system.
The apps, the CEMM Virtual Medical Center and a pregnancy app called "My Pregnancy A to Z Journal," are available for free download from the iTunes store as well as the Android Market.
The CEMM Virtual Medical Center app includes three main elements: a military treatment facility locator, a TRICARE plan finder and a section on patient education. Within the patient education section, app users can look up immunization information, see lists of common health questions, view animations of medical terms or diseases, access an extensive CEMM library, and list and track their own prescriptions.
The pregnancy app includes a variety of features, including a tool for uploading and sharing photos or images such as ultrasounds, a mobile journal, an events log, and a health statistics tracker. The app can also be programmed to push notifications to expectant mothers depending on their stage of pregnancy.
The development and rollout of the pregnancy app involves not only the CEMM, but also the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and other service branches.
The CEMM is also planning the release of their next mobile application, an app called "eWellness" that is scheduled to be available for download in summer 2014. The wellness app will allow users to track and learn more about aspects of their general health as well as certain medical conditions.