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The field of mobile applications to improve health will grow by 800% until 2013. This new market has been created in the last two and a half years and has grown to over 6,000 apps. In parallel, the number of physicians using smartphones increased to 72%. This finding is significant because an estimated 95% of physicians who have smartphones use medical applications.

To exploit this potential, and that Barcelona is the capital of the mobile world until 2018, the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu will host on 19th March 2012 the conference Apps ON Health and the international competition AppCircus ON Health.

Apps ON Health is the first European conference of experts in mobile applications in the field of health and welfare where attendees can explore business opportunities in this sector. It is estimated that it will generate over €45 trillion in the coming years. The program is headed by Chia Hwu, CEO of Qubop; Drew Turitz, Managing Director of Sandbox Industries, and Lekshmy Parameswaran, founding partner of Fuelfor. There will also round table discussion around patients and hospitals needs, the ten steps to launch a medical app and application monitoring .

Jorge Juan Fernández , Director of e-Health and Health 2.0 at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, said in an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC, how useful are health apps: "They have two lines, they can improve the relationship patient – doctor and can promote self-care."

The competition AppCircus arrives to Barcelona

The AppCircus on Health is the only applications’ travelling competition held in major cities of the world, presenting the most creative and innovative mobile apps. The event serves as a showcase for developers to present their talents in the mobile industry and the developer’s community. Since its creation in 2009, it has traveled to nearly a hundred cities on four continents.

Developers wishing to participate should register at this site where they can find the competition requirements. The winning application will have the opportunity to participate in the contest Doctors & You 2.0, within the framework of the International Conference on Social Media and Web 2.0 next 23rd and 24th May 2012 in Paris (France). The winner will also get a nomination to participate in the 2013 edition of the Mobile Premier Awards, held annually, to coincide with the Barcelona Mobile World Congress.

Date: 19 March 2012
Hospital Sant Joan de Déu • Auditorium • C/ Sant Rosa, 39 • Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona, Spain)

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