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Alison_Diana
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8/1/2014 | 9:09:32 AM
Re: 10 health apps that can make u sick
Exactly! As @DavidCarr said, it's simply a new platform for what's happened in the past via wagons, books, town hall meetings, and TV infomercials! Nowadays, the place to sell your solution - valid or questionable - is an app!
Alison_Diana
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8/1/2014 | 9:08:10 AM
Re: Wired also covering worrisome digital apps
Yes, I saw the Wired story when I was about half-way through reporting this piece! Not wanting to duplicate their work, I avoided including that -- but it is scary to see how at least one company tried to leverage a well-respected healthcare name to further its own software. 
pcharles09
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7/31/2014 | 11:45:15 PM
Re: 10 health apps that can make u sick
@tekedge,

The old adage reigns supreme: "Garbage in, garbage out!"
Jeff Jerome
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Jeff Jerome,
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7/31/2014 | 11:30:04 PM
Re: Digital snake oil
Michelle it is amazing what people will spend money on.  Now if it was free there might be more accountability but since they opt to buy it then the rules are lsightly different.
Michelle
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Michelle,
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7/31/2014 | 10:18:35 PM
Re: Digital snake oil
I'm willing to bet it's the reasoning of a dollar in many cases.
tekedge
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tekedge,
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7/31/2014 | 10:09:04 PM
10 health apps that can make u sick
It is a good example of tehnology cannot replace humans completely. it will always need our intelligence to monitor its validity
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/31/2014 | 6:20:28 PM
Wired also covering worrisome digital apps
Wired has a similar story: These Medical Apps Have Doctors and the FDA Worried. One interesting example is a blood pressure app claiming to use "a patent-pending process developed by a team from the Johns Hopkins University" -- except the university says it has no connection to the app and is sending its creators a cease and desist latter.
Thomas Claburn
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7/31/2014 | 4:48:19 PM
Re: Digital snake oil
If there's any science involved, I expect it's associated with user acquisition, retention, downloads, and revenue.
Alison_Diana
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7/31/2014 | 4:00:42 PM
Re: Digital snake oil
I almost GOT a migraine looking at one of the "migraine cure" apps. It used bright color screens -- just what you don't need when you have a pounding headache! Not sure where any of the "science" behind some of these programs comes from!
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/31/2014 | 3:59:48 PM
Re: Patient, beware
There are many apps that really are just books-on-an-app. While researching this (and other app stories), I'm amazed at how many apps are listings of information culled from publicly available resources such as government guides, Wikipedia, etc. Many are free; some actually cost money. Of course, there's no telling whether the free ones have ads, contain malware, or hit you up somewhere within for money. In some cases, the worst thing you could be doing is wasting time. In others, though, the results could be painful.
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