Startup Happtique is looking to establish itself as the go to clearinghouse and certification authority for medical mobile apps. This will give physicians a single point of contact when researching apps to prescribe. Very interesting stuff as doctors begin to prescribe apps and games as part of a prescriptive regimen.
Here's a quote from an article in the NY Times:
“It is intuitive to people, the idea of a prescription,” said Lee H. Perlman, managing director of Happtique, a subsidiary of the business arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association. Happtique is creating a system to allow doctors to prescribe apps, and Mr. Perlman suggested that a change in the way people think about medicine might be required: “We’re basically saying that pills can also be information, that pills can also be connectivity.”If you are developing a serious game that has therapeutic or medical benefits it might be worth investigating what they're doing.
Ready or not, the future is here!