Though Apple’s App Store boasts a “Healthcare & Fitness” category, the same has been lacking from Google’s Android market. Rumor has it that may be changing, however.
iMedicalApps.com is reporting Google is set to launch a brand new medical category within the Android Market as soon as today, according to “reliable sources.” The post on iMedicalApps.com said the site penned an open letter to Google titled “Dear Google: please make a medical category for apps in the Android Marketplace,” stating the obvious need for a new category to house the growing number of healthcare-related apps for Android.
While iOS has been in the spotlight in terms of mHealth applications, Android’s “open” approach to development will most likely spur even more innovation. Google needs to take a stance to let users and developers know the company is serious about Android being a legitimate platform for medical professionals to use in a clinical and educational setting.
“Health care professionals and students will no longer have to parse through hundreds and thousands of apps in the health and fitness section to find relevant applications,” the blog post said. “Needless to say, this is a long time coming, and will be met by those in the medical world with thunderous applaud.”