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MS healthcare app contest winners announced

Back in February, Microsoft held a contest to name the top healthcare and medical apps available for WP7.  The results were announced earlier this month and are as follows:

What is interesting to note here, is that the winners listed above fit more into the Health and Fitness category, rather than Medical.  Dan Buckland from MedGadget is quick to point out that WP7 is somewhat lacking when it comes to straight-up medical apps, especially some of the big names that medical professionals often use.  While users can find a couple of well-known names, like Unbound Medicine and Microsoft HealthVault (of course!), others like Skyscape, Medscape and Epocrates remain absent.  When MedGadget put the question to an Epocrates representative of whther or not a WP7 version was in the works, they vaguely replied that they are “currently investigating the Windows 7 platform and will update website with more details as they become available.”

Microsoft has been touting the wide-range capabilities of Windows Phone for business use, but it seems that they would be well-served to make that include specialized fields, such as medicine.  It is certainly a large enough market to help the platform gain ground on its competitors.

What do our medically-inclined readers think?  Is WP7 falling behind early?

Source: Microsoft; Via: MedGadget

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Ryan32 says:

Epocrates is probably the app I see in use more than anything... That being said, not having the Citrix receiver app in the marketplace is also a big catch.I've heard rumors about it coming along with Mango, but I don't think Citrix has made that official. Either way, Mango needs to get here and open up API's asap. First impressions are many times all you get, and the lack of some major app's is really hurting WP7 in my opinion.

justop26 says:

Those are not medical apps. At all.Honestly, I bought myself a Samsung Focus, knowing about the lack of medical apps in WP7. I really wish there was a full catalog, like there is in iOS. It's the only thing (apart from WhatsApp) missing from this platform to make it the very best there is.I do have Diagnosaurus installed on my phone, and it's really good, though it can only take you so far...