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Mobile and tablet apps have enormous potential for training and professional development in healthcare
by Guy Smallman, guardian.co.uk
The health industry is responding to the increasing popularity and availability of technological innovations, such as tablets and smartphones.
Health and wellbeing applications are estimated to make up approximately 40% of new smartphone apps currently being developed. This is a huge market and only set to increase as the benefits become more apparent and smartphone and tablet technology become more widespread.
Health applications have the potential to be adapted and used by healthcare professionals and consumers, helping to revolutionise the sector and reflect the digital age we live in.
For healthcare professionals, mobile or tablet apps also have enormous potential for training and professional development. Connectivity is built in, facilitating a blended learning platform with easily updatable information, in an accessible format. This allows for a truly flexible and enjoyable teaching and learning experience, with information available anytime, anywhere; ideal for both time-poor professionals and students.