Best New Mashups: Health Mashups Using Google Maps, Yahoo Answers and Twitter

I found myself looking for a family doctor this week and realized that outside of asking friends, I didn't have a great way to go about conducting my search. This is likely a common occurrence for people looking for healthcare advice so today we'll take a look at some mashups that help users find information about any number of health issues. More information about each of the mashups is below. - Providing people with the tools they need to find appropriate care everywhere saves everyone, hospitals and patients, money and time. Patients receive a SMS from post emergency room discharge. By sending a text to with their problem and current address, we route the person towards the nearest clinic, providing the address and a link to directions (for smartphone users). Many clinics that work with the underinsured also often have variable hours and locations. We've made it easy for these clinics to update their hours and location via SMS so that we can better route users to locations. APIs used include: Twilio, GoogleMapsData, GoogleMaps, More at our profile.

MappyHealth - was developed in response to the NowTrending2012 application challenge. The team came together with a common mission to build an application that would positively impact public health surveillance. The MappyHealth team shares a common goal of furthering innovation and research that will enhance population health awareness of disease and illness trends. APIs used include: TwitterStreaming, Twitter, Heroku, CloudmadeLeaflet. More at our MappyHealth profile.

Usermeds - Health information aggregator including information about diseases, conditions and popular medications. APIs used include: YahooAnswers, Google, Flickr. More at our Usermeds profile.

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